Many years ago I was visiting a dear Christian brother, Gary, who lives in the beautiful hill country near San Diego. There are three things we typically do when we do when we get together; we laugh (a lot), share what’s been going on in our lives and most importantly, and we often pray (usually extemporaneously throughout the day).
On this particular visit Gary had to run an errand in town; so we hopped in his truck and took off through the winding roads outside Jamul. “Drive-time” is often a good time for sharing and catching up with each other because there are no distractions and we have privacy. While driving, Gary told me something cool that recently happened to him where several things seemingly fell in place for him. I casually interjected, “That’s quite a coincidence.” Gary immediately stopped what he was saying and asked, “You know what a coincidence is, don’t you?” I responded, “Sure, it is when two or more things coincide with each other or happen at a moment in time.” Boring, but that’s the best answer I had at the moment.
I expected a joke or funny quip to come from him as is usually the case. Instead, Gary shared a life and paradigm-changing thought that forever transformed an important aspect of how I view G_d. What he wanted to share was important enough to him to pull the truck off the side of the road and stop, and I am thankful he did.
Gary said, looking directly at me, “If this is the only thing you get out of me today, don’t miss this. A coincidence is a minor miracle of G_d where He chooses to remain anonymous. Don’t take this casually.” Gary continued about how G_d truly delights and gets excited about every possible opportunity to bless those faithful to Him. This was truly a WOW moment for me. Not that G_d delights in blessing his children was a new concept to me, but that there is frequently evidence of G_d actively involved in our daily lives.
Think about it.” James 1:17 (NASB) says, “Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow. This says two things to me. First that the cool things in life not only come from or through Him, but that randomness of events or happenings are completely ruled out as is clearly stated as “Every good thing …” Secondly, His nature is not fickle and His love, concern for and desire to bless us is constant and never changes.
A while later while running the errands, we needed to find a parking place in a very crowed part of town. “Coincidentally” someone backed out of a parking space directly in front of the place where we needed to stop. Gary quietly uttered, “Thank you Lord” as if he expected the parking spot to open up. This minor miracle of G_d served as immediate reinforcement to me of Gary’s definition. Gary’s attitude toward our Father actively demonstrated confidence and thanksgiving, fully acknowledging the continual presence of G_d and His concern for the smallest details in our lives that we (I) often miss or dismiss as what is conventionally though of as random events occurring simultaneously.
Jesus speaking of himself says in John 10:10, The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. (NASB)
Matthew 10:29-30 (AMP) “Are not two little sparrows sold for a penny? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground without your Father’s leave (consent) and notice. But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered.”
Beloved friends, never forget G_d is decidedly predisposed to bless His children in both great and small ways. He is continually working in the detail of our lives as much as we allow Him to. Don’t miss and don’t dismiss the so-called small stuff. Even those little things that make life a little bit better are orchestrated by the Master and Creator of the Universe.
Prayer: Father G_d, help us to be continuously mindful of your greatness and unending love for us. Create within us an attitude reflecting outwardly to others our attitude of thanksgiving for you. Let our thoughts and behavior be a reflection of your love. Thank you for this day. Amen.