Coincidence? I think not

Let me just say it. There are no coincidences.

This morning I slept through my alarm and forgot my swim bag when I rushed out the door for work. Since I am teetering on the edge of a cold, I decided it would be wise to skip swimming after my shift.

Since I wasn’t in a rush to get to the pool, I had time to make a return that I couldn’t do earlier in the week, grab a few H&B products and pick up an order that arrived a day early at another store.

On my way out of the second store a familiar voice said “I know you!” A woman I used to be in church choir with approached me. For the next 45 minutes we talked about work, wellness and faith in front of the exit. I shared about my past non-denominational Bible study experience, how I am currently a Catechist Aide, an adult leader at a youth group and attend prayer meetings at a local parish. I invited her to come. She said she would and invited me to come to see her sing at her parish.

When we parted ways, she left with a smile. “I talked to you more now than I ever have before!” That’s God at work for you.

God’s fingerprints are all over my day. From my swim bag, to my scratchy throat, to my successful second return attempt, to having the same dollar amount spent on H&B, and to the early order pickup. How easy it would have been to miss running into her! Yet, God timed our meeting perfectly. I don’t know what his intention was for our meeting, but as people of faith we need each other. We need to be able to share our experiences, testimonies, and struggles and provide support and encouragement to one another. We were not created to be islands, we were made for community. We were made to be one in the body of Christ.