I’m a pretty firm believer that there is no such thing as a coincidence.
I think for me, it all comes down to living my life as though nothing is a miracle, or living it as if everything is.
Frankly, I can’t see how the sheer miraculousness of the universe and the fine threads from which our lives hang upon aren’t putting everyone in awe mode.
Today, I am particularly in awe mode.
Yesterday, my husband turned 25. Yes, 25! I keep teasing him about how he is now a quarter of a century old.
It is the first birthday I will get to celebrate with him as his wife, which I am just over the moon about.
For my last birthday, my husband spoiled me with a surprise ‘party’ for the two of us at home when I returned from work, as I had never had one before.
Even though it was a weekday and just the two of us (pets not included), it was so sweet and heartfelt that I will surely never forget it.
Little things really are the big things, as the old cliche has advised for years--and also as a member of our church advised to us through a note we recently discovered in the page of a Bible we were given as a wedding gift.
The note was titled ‘The wisdom of a good marriage’, and was bookmarked inside of the Bible on the page of James 1. I’m not sure if the note was left on this page on purpose, but we found a purpose for it’s ‘coincidental’ location.
I was unfamiliar with the passage, and for those who also are, James 1 seems to be about trials, temptations, listening and doing--all elements which are bound to be a part of and also put to the test in any marriage!
I often find I can relate to any passage from the Bible, at any time--though as previously stated, I don’t think God puts us on random pages if we honestly seek understanding from His word--no page is a coincidence.
One Sunday at our church, Walnut Grove Church of God, I heard a story from a man representing the Gideons International, as he was there to present about the Christian association and perhaps gain new members to help provide scripture and Bibles around the world.
He told one story about a boy he met when handing Bibles out in front of a school. The Gideons have different Bibles to hand out, and the Bibles for students are orange and pocket-sized.
He said he and another member had brought a box full of Bibles to hand out as school dismissed, and when the number of students exiting the school started to dwindle, he discovered that just one Bible remained in the bottom of the box.
He said he wanted to make sure and hand every Bible out, and looked around for a student to offer the Bible too.
A young man happened to be walking away near the end of the road, with his headphones on.
The Gideons member said he hurried after him and tapped him on the shoulder, presenting the Bible and offering it to him as he removed his headphones.
The young man accepted, and the two turned to a page together-landing in the book of John.
The young man looked up in awe and said his name was John, and the number of the page landed on happened to be his birthday.
The young man walked away, looking at the Bible instead of listening to music on his headphones.
The story may differ slightly from my memory, but then again, I heard the story several months ago--I just never forgot how it made me feel.
It reassured me of my philosophy that God is always near, we are never alone and proper guidance can always be found---just open the Bible, and ASK!
Kelly is a Staff Writer for the Greene County Daily World. She can be reached by telephone at (812) 847-4487, or she can also be reached via email at kslavenGCDW@outlook.com.