Every story that involves someone growing in Christ and experiencing spiritual formation, has a relational component attached to it. There’s always a mention of a man, a woman, a couple, a neighbor or someone that was instrumental to the process of their spiritual growth and development. We call these, providential relationships. Encounters that initially appeared accidental or random are eventually viewed as divine appointments. Whether it develops into a long term relationship or even for a short time, understand that God will allow your path to intersect with others in a providential way. Two things make a relationship providential: when we hear from God through someone and when we see God in someone. When either of those things happen, our faith gets bigger. Now understand, while it’s well beyond our ability to manufacture any type of relationship of this magnitude, what we can do is create environments that are conducive to the development of these types of relationships.