God-Shaped “Coincidences”

Today, I am grateful for the way that God can bring two complete strangers together unexpectedly, only to realize that they have more in common than they initially realized. I call these events God-shaped “coincidences” – not because I believe in coincidence (I don’t – I strive to see purpose in all people and things), but because the nature of the interaction is so pleasant and positive, that it couldn’t possibly be random chance. I believe that God is the Architect of such experiences (indeed, He is the Master Architect of all things, known and unknown), and in His sovereignty, He decided that my path should cross with a like-minded soul today.

I won’t go into the particulars, but I was simply going about my business, and crossed paths with someone with whom I shared several important common interests. We sat down and talked, and immediately had a familiar rapport. At the end of the exchange, we had connected on Facebook, and parted with a hug. I’m not saying that we’re BFFs, but what a pleasant surprise it was (and is!) to make a new personal connection in such an unexpected and delightful way. I must remember that I serve a God who specializes in the unexpected, and sometimes introduces new friendships in wonderfully surprising way.

Here is my prayer for today: Sovereign Lord, I praise You for being the God of the unexpected. In all of my planning and desire to control and schedule so much of my life, thanks for surprising me today with a new friend. Thanks for being wise enough to introduce the kinds of people and experiences into my life that enable me grow closer to You, and also help me to remember Your goodness, faithfulness, and thoughtfulness toward me and all of Your children. Regardless of what happens, I am thankful for moments like this one – the God-shaped ‘coincidences’ – where I can clearly discern Your hand at work in my life, and also in the lives of others. I love You. In Jesus’s name I pray, Amen.

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