It seems that they happen all the time; but are you sure they are just coincidences. What is the definition of a coincidence? It is “A remarkable concurrence of events or circumstances without apparent causal connection.”
After I became aware of the Holy Spirit working in my life, I started to “notice” many coincidences occurring. I started to understand many as affirmations of earlier events, readings or writings. Many times I have journaled in the morning and then attended a Bible study only to have the exact same topic come up during the discussions. This past week Jeremiah had a slightly different prophetic experience.
Since I was to do the devotions for our Men’s Discussion Group which meets on Wednesday mornings, I had grabbed a 2014 Daily Guideposts from my book shelf. I opened to October 12 on a whim. The brief story started with Job 42:12 namely, “The Lord blessed the latter part of Job’s life more than the former part …” Job is the least favorite book in the Bible for me – but I continued. The author of the story described a homecoming at an old run down church where he had previously taught Sunday school. Everything was old – the building, the furniture, the piano and all the people in attendance. However, the pianist, Mike, made wonderful music with the old piano. The author reflected that even older folks can still make music. In his closing prayer he prayed “ … And may the latter end of our lives be even better than the beginning.” The two verses given for Digging Deeper were Prv 20:29 and 2 Cor 4:16 which I’ll let you look up. Even though the message was not what I was looking for, I decided to use it as the devotion since us guys in the group are getting on in years.
On Wednesday morning, Dave P. and I were the only two in attendance. After the devotion time, Dave seemed to appreciate the message. At the end of our session, I included in my prayer thanks for all the blessings we had received over the years and to help us in our ministry in the years we had remaining.
On Thursday morning, I received an email from Dave and Susan informing everyone that they had decided to move back to New Jersey to be closer to their daughter. Dave mentioned some recent medical issues and how fragile life was. I almost fell off my chair. My devotions of the day before were not just a coincidence nor was the fact that the other men had not come. The two Dave’s had had a special time together.