Coincidence or a God wink?

My friend, Barb, recently shared her excitement for a book she wanted to read about coincidences, “When God Winks at You.”

The cute title baited me, so I found a copy at the library, and was soon engrossed in some true stories that demonstrate how God communicates with us with incredible experiences.

A couple days later, I had my own little God wink. A topical cream for minor arthritic pain had been recommended to me, so I bought some.

That evening, I was glad to try it out on my sore hands. I would have put some on an elbow that was also distracting me, but, not wanting to overdo it, I decided to wait and see how the cream worked.

During the evening’s TV offerings, a commercial came on that advertised the same cream I bought. And, the man was applying the cream to his elbow! What a coincidence! I laughed to myself at the personal affirmation that the cream was ok to use on my elbow! And it was.

Coincidence or a God Wink?

It makes sense that coincidences are from God, because we have direct contact with Him all the time. Proverbs 3:6 says that when we acknowledge Him in everything we do, He directs our paths.

There are many passages in the Bible that reinforce this truth. Read through Romans 8 where Paul, a man who suffered awful things in his life, always held his strong conviction of never being separated from the love of Christ.

Even through persecutions, we will have Him with us. Look a step further from Paul, in Philippians 1:6, that we will have ultimate triumph in our trials.

Author Squire Rushnell, of “When God Winks at You,” suggests we go back to those times in our life when something changed, maybe a crossroad was decided, where there were signposts of reassurance, a personal communication to you and no one else.

As we pursue a consistent daily relationship with God, let’s be alert to the many ways He speaks to us throughout each day.

Perhaps a familier Bible verse one day reads like it was written just for a particular circumstance. Or, the pastor’s message from the Bible may suddenly grip us in a special way. A chance meeting happened with someone least expected. Found money, or a special remembrance token recovered in an most unlikely spot.

Even a nondescript TV commercial might have a special prompt that no one else would feel or care about.

In Isaiah 55:8,9, God says that His thoughts are not our thoughts, nor are our ways His ways. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are His ways higher than our ways, and His thoughts higher than our thoughts.

The biblical definition of faith is found in Hebrews 11:1 that says faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

However He chooses to communicate with us, we can rest in the assurance of Heavenly Hope that God loves us personally and perfectly, with unfailing mercy.

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