Monday, April 19, 2010

Mere Coincidence?

"You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways." (Psalm 139:3, NIV)

READ: Psalm 139

I don't know about you, but I could write a book about the ridiculous number of "coincidences" that have happened in my life. If you took the time to really sit back and think about it, I'll bet you could come up with just as many as I can.

"Freaky" is the word one friend used when I shared a conversation with her recently about someone who had connected with me. A young gentleman had merely made the connection because I was a person who lives with hemophilia under their roof. As we got to know each other a bit, he discovered that a good friend of his had been deeply involved in an award our ministry had received last year. When we chatted on the phone, we found out we had other amazing beliefs and experiences in common. It was awesome.

I came to know another gentleman recently through a project he is devoting his life to. We were both at a leadership gathering. As he shared his vision, I was drawn in, deeply impressed knowing what positive impact his work would have on families who live with a special need. As we got in touch with one another after the meeting, I discovered that I had already been working the past 2 years with his sister on completely different programming impacting those with special needs.

Laughably, I even met my husband in such a fashion. Not only was my girlfriend dating his brother, but I also worked with my husband's best friend.

In a 1929 short story, author Frigyes Karinthy focused on the concept of six degrees of separation. This concept makes the case that each person on earth is at most only six steps away from relationship to any other person on earth.

Take that people and relationship concept out of the way, and think of other coincidences you've encountered. Some of mine include a tax refund showing up in the mail on just the day we were wondering how we were going to put the next meal on the table or pay the mortgage.

The best one I tell is of the tools found under the hood of my car. Frustratingly uncooperative, the cranky vehicle we owned miraculously healed itself after previously being unwilling to start. Nobody had lifted that hood to look at the engine between the time it stalled and the time it restarted. But when my husband felt he should still follow-through on making sure all was okay, he found a rag and a set of tools under the hood. It still gives me goosebumps to recall the situation.

While I find the concept of six degrees of separation intriguing, I would have to say that we are kidding ourselves if we think so many of these things in life are mere coincidence. Jesus says to his disciples in Luke 12:7, "Indeed, the very hairs on your head are all numbered. Don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows." (NIV) This reveals to me, to us, that we have a Maker who is deeply aware of and concerned with our every need. While we fritter away our time worrying, He's got us covered in surprising and seemingly coincidental ways. How easily we forget that God works in and through people and circumstances.

Today, drink in the awesomeness that the Creator of the Universe cares for YOU! Praise and thank Him for the amazing ways He ministers to us through the coincidental circumstances of life. And as you focus on how He works in your life, your problems will loosen their tight and onerous grip.


  1. that last sentence....oooooh! I needed that this morning!

    I love waking up to find a gem of you waiting for me!

  2. I call these connections and situations God winks (; Just a little wink from Him that let's me know how truly close He is day in and day out