Miracles are EverywhereRich Stigall
Coincidence. The occurrence of the unlikely. The statistically improbable. The serendipitous.
But what if coincidences are simply modern day miracles? Those small things that happen at just the right time. Those circumstances in life that feel as though they are beyond our control, yet work out for our good. What if these are not coincidences at all? What if God is working through what we today call coincidences?
This type of peculiar happenstance recently prompted one St. Louis church to see that no occurrence is too small for God to work miracles. They’ve come face to face with the reality that everything out of our control is under God’s watch and worked out for God’s purposes.
A woman who attends this St. Louis church was about to depart for an extended summer trip. Amidst the hustle and bustle of packing and preparing to leave, she remembered that there were a few AC units sitting in her garage. With the blazing summer heat moving into Missouri, she gave her CarePortal point person a call. She told her point person about the AC units and told her how to attain them if someone was in need of air conditioning while she was away.
Exactly 26 minutes after they hung up the phone, the CarePortal point person received another phone call. This time, the call was from a mom the church had recently helped through meeting a CarePortal request. She answered the phone only to hear the woman on the other end desperately in need of cold air. This lady had no one else to call and did not have the resources to purchase a new unit, but her house was unbearably hot. She needed air conditioning.
Two people were completely unaware of each other, yet one had just what the other needed. The difference? God’s hand moved, brought them together, and showed that there is no such thing as a coincidence.
No coincidence is merely a coincidence. No miracle is a little miracle. As Paul reminds us in Philippians 2, “It is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.” So hold fast, he says, because we do not labor in vain; we labor for a God who is working each “coincidence” out for his good and pure purposes.
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