Is it coincidence or God winks?


You’ve all had those moments – you’re thinking about someone you haven’t seen in years and within a day or so that person calls you on the phone.

Or like yesterday, I happened into a store I rarely frequent and ran into an old high school chum who has just moved to my town. If I hadn’t dropped into that store at that moment in time, it could have taken years to learn that she now lives here. We made plans to get together and I look forward to reviving an old friendship.

I guess I’m conscious of these things since I’m reading a little book called “When God Winks at You” by Squire Rushnell. I actually bought it about five years ago to give to a friend who was suffering the loss of a child. Low and behold I was in Dollar General this week and found it on the clearance rack for $3. Since I figured this was a “God Wink” I thought I’d better pick it up.

To clear up the concept of the “God Wink,” Rushnell describes these gems as those delicious moments in life when God shows us he’s got our best interests at heart. That he’s watching over us and directing our lives by introducing small “Ah Ha” moments.

It might also be something life-saving like having our travel plans delayed by some minor irritation and learning later there’s been a multi-car pile up on the interstate.

Or perhaps you take a different route to work and spot a garage sale which is offering pieces of your mother’s china which is no longer in production.

I saw Rushnell on a television talk show and he described numerous instances of people who were delayed to reach their jobs at the World Trade Center on 9-11. One I particularly recall is the chef of Windows on the World who arrived at his job on the top floor of the Trade Center by 8 a.m. everyday of his life.

On this particular day he sat on his glasses and had to stop by a shop to get them repaired. The mishap saved his life.

He also told about a subway that ran under the World Trade center. It broke down several miles away, thereby preventing hundreds of workers from arriving at their jobs on time.

One of the most poignant stories in the book was about a 50-year old woman who had wandered away from her faith. She had been passing a beautiful church for years and one Sunday she received an overwhelming urge to go in. She was so moved by the service that she began talking to the younger woman next to her.

As they filed out of the church the girl explained she was visiting in the city in an effort to locate her birth mother with whom she had been separated since birth. The older woman instantly empathized with the young one since she had given up her daughter for adoption some 25 years earlier.

The girl asked when the daughter had been born.

“October 30,” responded the old woman.

“That’s my birthday,” shouted the girl. One thing led to another and the pair confirmed that they were indeed mother and daughter. This occurred in Los Angeles. What are the odds that the girl would have found her mother on her second day in the city? She figured it would take months, if at all.

It boggles the mind when you consider the chain of events that must occur for you to find that special someone, get a fabulous new job, (you fill in the blank)… For sure, the book reminded me to be more alert to coincidences, and heed what they might be trying to tell me.

I would love to hear if any of you have experienced any “God Winks.”

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