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Coincidence
 

To everything there is a season,
A time for every purpose under heaven…
He has made everything beautiful in its time. – Eccl 3:1, 11

In God’s eye, our lives are just like a play. Each one of us is given a different role and we are asked to be on the stage, doing the task at a special time, which the Lord Jesus has set for us. Similarly, all of us have received different talents from God, and every day we are all asked to manifest these talents among the people we live with. Since everything has its proper season in God's play, is there such a thing as "coincidence"?

I remember when I was six; my parents took me to the river side for an outing during the weekend. For the first few hours, I had lots of fun playing around with the stones along the shore. But I gradually inched closer and closer to the center of the river. I thought I knew what I was doing, I checked every step that I was making and I looked around, making sure my parents were still close by.

But a man's strength is limited in God's eye, let alone six-year-old me. Though I was careful, I still took a wrong step out and sunk. The water covered my head and I struggled to help keep afloat by paddling in the water. My parents didn't see me sink but, thank God, He arranged a young man who had watched my every move. He rushed to where I was and pulled me up. I was crying and yelling for my mom and dad. They ran to see me and thought I just had a little fall. Is this a coincidence? Apart than God, who could have arranged for this man, who waited there to save me?

God's time is always the most beautiful one. In His own time, He saves, He gives out blessings, and He comforts the weak. He is always there watching over us and directing His will. He will always use opportunities, sometimes masked as "coincidence," to tell us that He is still there and we are still under His mighty arms. All these coincidental events may serve as messages from God--telling us that God still loves us very much and we should always have faith and patience in Him.

Reflection

1) What “coincidences” have you experienced from God 2) How can we keep in step with God’s time?

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