Where do you stand on the concept of coincidence?
Because I’m starting to think there is no such thing. Maybe it’s a myth- like unicorns.
Because if God is holding it all together, if nothing happens without His knowing, then things don’t simply happen “by chance”. Right?
For instance, it’s not “happenstance” that I stumbled across a job posting, applied even though I wasn’t entirely sure what I was even applying for, and miraculously got hired to do a job I love.
It’s not a roll of the dice that I go to a church that feels like home.
And the people in my life? It’s not coincidence that our lives intersected. There’s a purpose for it. A reason. God knew what I’d need, and what they’d need, and He orchestrated our meeting. It’s beautiful and incredible and takes some of the fear out of rejection and vulnerability and abandonment, doesn’t it? Because He holds it all together.
“God places the solitary in families…” -Ps. 68:6
If we do life that way, believing there’s something to give or receive in every encounter and situation, it puts the magic back in life, doesn’t it?
There are no “routine” days. Not from heaven’s perspective.
Maybe God is always speaking to us. And maybe we don’t hear because we’ve grown accustomed to labeling things “coincidence”.
We’ve grown numb to the magic of the sunrise. And the way the leaves turn brilliantly orange in the fall. And the wonder of our lives- the intricacies of the human body, all that has to function properly within us–organs and cells and whatever else makes us up on the inside–in order to make it from moment to moment.
The fact that God bent down and breathed His breath into us. Formed us with His hands. Delighted in creating the whole package of who we are- personality and what makes us cry and our heart and brain and fingernails and how our laugh sounds.
The whole earth, all of life, screams “I AM!” and we don’t hear anymore because it’s all we’ve ever known. We can’t see His hand in it or appreciate the creativity and majesty of who our Lord is and how much detail he put into all of creation, because we don’t know anything else. The trees and grass and clouds and birds and ability to sing (not necessarily in tune ;-)) and snow. My gosh, snow. It’s magical. Wondrous! Awe-inspiring!
“I’m here,” He whispers in the rushing wind.
“I am your Protector,” He says as candles flicker above my fireplace and rain pours down outside.
“I will never stop taking care of you. I am your Provider,” He says as I eat breakfast Sunday morning in my warm house while wearing pajamas and watching my cat play with a toy.
“You’re My child,” He says soothingly to my aching soul when someone I love hugs me or rubs my back or looks at me with love.
He breathed life into us. HIS BREATH, His holy breath, IN US. Sustaining us. He is nearer to us than we know. Within us. Telling our hearts to beat. Giving us air to breathe.
He breathed breath into us to give us life, and when we come to Him, when we sit in His presence or fall to our knees before Him, His breath fills us up again and again. It sustains us- reawakens us to life- to LIVING. To the wonder of being His and being held and existing in a world in which nothing happens without His knowledge. Nothing happens that He cannot use for good.
There’s never a single second we’re not loved, adored, delighted in, and thought about.
He spoke life to the rest of creation. With us, He formed us with His hands and breath and dirt, but with the rest of life, He spoke it into existence.
Which teaches us, there’s so much power in the spoken word.
“I love You.”
“I am Yours.”
“I trust You.”
“I choose hope.”
“You are good.”
“Thank You that You love me.”
“Thank You, thank You, thank You.”
We can know that everything that happens to us is out of love. Holy, perfect love.
The fiery furnace of trials. Softening us. Purifying us like gold. Making us tender and pliable and more wholly His. It’s still love.
And our tears matter to Him.
Even when He knows the outcome is good beyond what we can imagine, even though He knows we have more reason to rejoice than to weep… He hurts with us.
Lord, help me to trust You more. Help me to know I am Yours. I am safely held in Your hands and nothing that happens to me or in my life will be more than I can handle. Nothing is beyond repair. Nothing is cause for despair.
And Lord, thank You for the miracle of what You’ve done in my life. It wasn’t long ago that things looked really, really bleak. You are a mighty Redeemer and Restorer. You are merciful and forgiving and gracious and kind. And I am so in love with You.
Wildly in love. Amazed. Grateful.
Oh, the wonder of it all…