Coincidence

3 11 2010

Have you ever looked at the timing of something and just wondered? A word of encouragement is spoken just when you need it. A door opens just when you couldn’t see a way out. A friend calls, a letter arrives, an email pops up and it speaks to the ache in your heart. Touching a place deep inside, it reminds you that you are not alone, to push forward, or to hang on.

God speaks to us all of the time. We expect the Creator of the universe to shout and thunder, but so often His voice is heard in the gentle nudges, quiet whispers, and “coincidences” of our days. He is constantly moving in our lives to pull us closer to His heart. He loves to encourage us, cheer us on, and point us in the direction that looks most like His Son. He plants little reminders of Himself for us to find along the way, hoping to make our hearts see and grow a little more like Jesus.

Too often, I miss it. I see coincidence when I should see the hand of God. I consider myself “lucky” when I should notice how blessed I am. So many times, I don’t connect the dots between the fingerprints of God and the good things in my day.

What a wonder it is when I do pay attention! All of the sudden my days take on a different dimension. I look at the mundane things in my life with new eyes. Emails are sometimes the answers to time spent on my knees. Hugs can be reassurances from the heart of my Father. A phone call opens up the possibility of hearing God’s voice.

My Jesus Resolution today is to look with different eyes. Before I jump to the coincidence conclusion, I am going to look for the hand of God. I am going to believe what it says in James 1:17 – “Every good and perfect gift is from above” – and open my eyes to the truth that the Lord is touching my day. Every moment holds the possibility of tracing the fingerprints of God. The more I see Him, the more I will look like Jesus.


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