Albert Einstein was quoted as saying 'A coincidence is a miracle where God chose to stay anonymous.'
In that case.. my life needs a.. COINCIDENCE!
This statement does not discount the need for me to work hard, make good choices, and be responsible.. BUT .. in this rush hour world with lost jobs, partisan politics, envy, greed, stress, foreclosures, sickness and death.. I need the sometimes subtle and/or big touch of God in my life. I need a coincidence!
Note: For the remainder of this email when I say coincidence I am referring to miracles.
The Bible is full of 'coincidences ' and there is no evidence that our creator has got out of the coincidence business .
When talking about the 'coincidences' of the Bible I must share sometimes watch the National Geographic Channel on TV. NatGeo is an amazing channel covering a wide range of topics regarding this big ol' world we live in, and the bigger ol' universe our our big ol' world so neatly spins in.
From time to time NatGeo devotes shows to great Bible stories to 'explain them' using science, history, archeology, and a dash of theology. I have watched shows ranging from Noah's Ark & the flood, the Parting of the Red Sea, the Ressurection of Jesus Christ, and the events of the end times as described in the book of Revelations.
Most times NatGo explain away these great moments from the Bible as folklore or acts of nature to the point that they leave out the most important factor .. the 'coincidences' of God. This I guess is because 'true science' does not believe in .. coincidences.
In all these amazing stories and more science insists 'coincidences' can be explained logically by the rules and laws of science, BUT.. illogically science does not account for an author of these rules.
Our God is the creator and the author of all rules science is based on. AND.. as author of all rules God transcends the constraints of time and space and can bend any and all rules at His discretion.
When this happens.. 'viola' we have a 'coincidence'.
In my life I do not recall God working so boldly as to part a Red Sea for me or even part a little rush hour traffic. ,, BUT .. I believe God answers my prayers in big and small ways that I will never realize on this side of Heaven. Now the question is.. Are thes moments coincidences? or 'coincidences?'
Fact is.. my life has been full of coincidences. I have a wonderful wife, family, and friends. I have been protected from bad choices, difficult circumstances, a vice or two in a way that I believe was a coincidence. Even in a not so small way is the coincidence is my wife finding a church after a move from our home of 15 years. Long story short is our first weekend at our new home we coincidentally found a church that now 1 1/2 years later has become our church complete with connections, service, and even close friends that certainly from God and not just a coincidence. <pause> I better stop, I am starting to get confused.
May God bless your lives with the loving touch as needed of His coincidences. May He provide, and protect, and use your lives in ways that are BEYOND YOUR DREAMS.
ok.. you can now return to using the correct description of miracle to replace what man foolishly labels a coincidence.
The mutterings on life and faith by cartoonist Jeff Larson