I can’t believe I haven’t posted anything about what God’s been doing in the past few weeks, because it’s been amazing and a hundred percent Him. This month, He’s really shown me a lot and put me in different people’s paths. In the past few weeks, I’ve had so many long conversations with people about God, what they believe, why they struggle with the ideas of Christianity, and what’s been going on in their lives.
During one of these conversations, my friend looked at me very seriously and intently and asked me if I believed in coincidences.
No. I don’t.
The more I begin to see these connections, and the more I “coincidentally” run into people, the more I realize that everything fits together in a way that I can’t possibly imagine, orchestrated perfectly in an intricate, weaving dance by a Creator who knows what He’s doing more than I do. Sometimes I imagine what it would look like to map out, lining out each person’s interaction with others as these lines converge and diverge, but that’s too overwhelming of a thought.
A few weeks ago, I felt that I should text this friend to tell her that she was loved, and so I did. The day after that, I went to her dorm room and we talked for an hour and a half about God, Jesus, grace, and forgiveness. And, coincidence.
I asked her why she wanted to know my views on coincidence, and her answer absolutely amazed me. She said that she almost started crying when she got that text from me, because she had been going through so many horrible things at that very time, and it was exactly what she needed to hear. She looked at me hesistantly and asked me if I’d known. I chuckled and told her that I honestly had no idea.
I don’t believe in coincidence (at least on the important things. You and your friend both wearing the same shirt is probably not that meaningful). I think that God moves people and uses us, in all of our fallability, to do His work. And what He did with that text message made Him more tangible to my friend, who had doubted if God even existed.
Since then, I’ve “run into” so many different people. I happened to sit by a girl who goes to my church last weekend on a five hour bus ride, and we talked the entire ride. She was also on the bus back, and took me back to campus when I didn’t have enough cash for a cab.
While visiting my friend, who also speaks Spanish, we met a homeless woman from Madrid and talked to her for a long time.
All these high school seniors are visiting my school right now, too, and some of them are staying with students. I walked into my suitemate‘s room to find a kid that I went to pre-first with and figured out that all this time, we’d been living in the same neighborhood back home.
God does these sorts of things all the time, and there is no way that all of these coincidences could be coincidences. It’s honestly impossible.
It’s like hearing a song and then realizing that it’s playing on the radio all the time, or meeting a person and then seeing them all over campus, or your neighborhood, or wherever you frequent the most. Once you see God, and once you realize that He’s working, these random happenings grow extinct as you begin to see Him all the time. He’s always been there. You’d just never noticed it before.
A coincidence is nothing more than our inability to see. A coincidence is when we don’t notice God moving in a powerful way and decide to attribute his magnificent power to mere chance.
So no, I don’t believe in coincidence. I believe in God.