NASHVILLE (BP) — In the fall of 2017, Ricky Skaggs found himself in Texas with nothing to do for a day, after a church canceled his scheduled Saturday night appearance. He remembered a friend of a friend who lived in the area — someone Skaggs wanted to meet after the man had sent words of encouragement for Skaggs via text messages to their mutual friend. So he made a few phone calls, and soon the country and bluegrass music star found himself in a stranger’s home in Bertram, Texas.

After a brief exchange of pleasantries, the man said, “The Lord is giving you more fame to glorify His name…. [T]his is the year that you’ll go into the Country Music Hall of Fame.” Skaggs wrote the man’s words down in a notebook and even recorded the conversation on his iPad.

The man made the prediction one year to the day before its fulfillment. Skaggs was inducted into the hallowed hall Sunday, Oct. 21.

“You think that’s a coincidence?” Skaggs asked in an interview with Baptist Press. “I don’t. God never does anything in coincidences.”

A longtime member of First Baptist Church in Hendersonville, Tenn., near Nashville, Skaggs believes God wants to be intimately involved in life’s details.
“The Lord likes coffee,” Skaggs said of his regular time with God. “He doesn’t mind me pouring Him a cup of coffee.

“If we invite Him in every morning, He looks forward to it….
“God is such a personal God. He loves the journey in our life, and He wants to walk with us, and He wants us to walk with Him.”

Skaggs has seen God at work throughout his five-decade career, but never more than in the past year, when in addition to his country music recognition, he was inducted into the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and the Fiddlers Hall of Fame.

“It’s amazing to see what the Lord has done,” he said. “God has been showing up and showing off.”

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