…arise and tell them (the glorious deeds of the Lord, and his might, and the wonders he has done) to their children, so that they should set their hope in God. Psalm 78:6a-7b
As our writing team chose chapters to write about from Liz Ditty’s book God’s Many Voices, I knew immediately I should pick Chapter 8. I have kept a journal of coincidences for four years now. As I read the chapter, God showed me which entry of mine to write about.
One morning when my grandkids were visiting at my house, I woke up early with a song in my heart, “His eye is on the sparrow.” I quickly looked up the lyrics so I could sing the entire song alone with God. After breakfast, our nine-year-old grandson read from the Case Keenum Devotional Playbook I had given him for his birthday. The first devotion was about Keenum showing care to his wife like God shows care to him, and to all of us. Then my seven-year-old granddaughter read from Jesus Talks: “you are valuable and you can trust God to take care of you”, with scripture from Luke 12:24, “Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn, yet God feeds them, and how much more valuable you are than birds!” I shared with my family how God had given me a song that morning and now coincidently these pages they read were about the same thing! At my daughter’s suggestion, we looked up the song on YouTube and listened to the wonderful words, “I know He watches me.”
Liz Ditty writes a story about studying the birds (how they seem to sing in joyful anticipation each morning of his good provision) and the flowers (proclaiming how God touches every part of our world) and how she realized she should have more faith. When she was laying on a hospital table for a CAT scan because of an excruciating migraine, she recognized God’s touch and assurance as she looked up to see wildflowers on a ceiling poster. It was like God saying, “I care, I am with you and don’t worry.” God gave her peace.
Liz writes, “A coincidence is usually not reproducible” or able to be studied scientifically. They can tell us a story about God or answer a prayer or invite us to prayer. “An interruption is more like reality going off script,” annoying and angering us. But God can share his word and wisdom through both. Look back a week or month ago at an interruption or coincidence and reflect on God’s word to you in it. Share it with a friend .
By Donna Burns