I’m a puzzler, someone who loves a great whodunit movie or novel. I love looking at the overall picture and seeing how today is affected by the past. I enjoy authors who are able to weave characters in and out of each other’s lives. The cause and effect of those meetings and how they play out fascinate me greatly.

When I think back over my life and how God introduced people at a particular time and the impact of those meetings, I know that He is the greatest mystery author ever.

If you think back over your life, can you pinpoint specific people whose influences were so profound that the course of your life changed direction? I can think of many, especially right before I came back to the Lord.

In looking at all of the testimonies we’ve shared in Living Stones News, www.livingstonesnews.com, the same is true. God introduced someone, or many, for the sake of the one who was lost.

I think of the man who battled wits for 20-plus hours with a former atheist who is now serving the Lord. I think of the couple who called my parents when I was writing goodbye notes because I didn’t want to live anymore. I think of the husband who was faithful in prayer, having a profound impact on his children, and the evangelist who brought a Billy Graham film to a little town in Nebraska that helped lead a young girl to give her life to Jesus Christ beside a potbellied stove. (She now is the founder and publisher of Living Stones News.)

In Acts 8:26-36, an angel is sent to tell Philip to travel south on a specific road. There he met an Ethiopian, sitting in his chariot and reading the book of Isaiah. Philip explained what he was reading and the Ethiopian came to know Jesus. All this for the sake of one man’s salvation.

Our lives are wonderfully filled with drama, great characters and opportunities to be used by God in someone’s life — to be used to point them to Jesus. God’s master narrative is clear. He is not willing that any should perish. He wants to use us all to bring others to Himself.

Remember the big picture. What you do for or to someone can affect them mightily — and for eternity.