August 4    

Today's quotation:

There are no real coincidences in life for those with faith strong enough to recognize coincidences for what they really are:  intricate pieces of the providential design God created for each of our lives.

Delia Parr
Love's First Bloom

Today's Meditation:

I used to believe in coincidences, but I'm not sure that I do any more.  I wouldn't say that they don't happen, but I'm more inclined to believe that situations that seem to be coincidence may be caused to happen in ways that we simply don't understand.  I've seen too many things happen that simply make sense, in my life and in the lives of others, for me to think that they've been simply chance.

We've all heard about and read about the concept of things that we "send out" into the universe coming back to us.  Some call it the Law of Attraction, some call it other things, but it's the idea that we call to ourselves certain things based on what we emit.  If we emit positive energy, we attract positive energy; if we start thinking about our best friend, we run into our best friend or get a call from him or her.  We can call that coincidence, but I like to think that such coincidences really are life sending to us something that we really need in the moment.

Of course, I say "I like to think that."  That doesn't mean that what I think is true.  But there is a value in thinking this way:  it allows us to see coincidences as possible learning experiences when we're willing to step back a little bit and ask ourselves why this certain thing just happened.  Was there a lesson that we needed to learn?  A piece of information that needed to be passed on?  Or was this just something that we really needed at this moment, running into this person?

Life gives amazing things to us all day, every day.  Often, though, we discount them as "merely" coincidence rather than seeing them as the gifts they are.  I hope that as I keep on going through life, I learn to recognize those gifts and learn from them and enjoy them as true blessings, for my life will grow richer and fuller as I do so.

Questions to consider:

Why do so many people like to call things "coincidence" when there's really something important to learn from the situation?

How might a coincidence bring an important lesson or blessing into your life? 

What's the last coincidence that you remember?  Did you learn anything from the event?
For further thought:

Learn to get in touch with silence within yourself, and know
that everything in this life has purpose.  There are no mistakes, no coincidences; all events are blessings given to us to learn from.

Elisabeth Kuebler-Ross

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