This was originally a Facebook “note” I wrote several years ago, before I ever started this blog! Considering I saw the same movie yesterday (and that we just celebrated St. Patrick’s Day yesterday, too!) I thought I would share it here! I hope it is an encouragement to your heart!
I caught part of a movie this afternoon that I absolutely love. Premiering in 2002, “Signs”, featuring Mel Gibson and Joaquin Phoenix, scared the heck out of me the first time I saw it! One of M. Night Shyamalan’s masterpieces (I LOVE his films!), it blew my mind, and as I’ve watched it over and over again in recent years, I seem to glean more from it during each viewing.
This last time, I stumbled upon it about halfway through, right at the point that Graham Hess (Mel Gibson) is deep in conversation with his brother, Merrill Hess (Joaquin Phoenix). Graham comments:
“People break down into two groups. When they experience something lucky, group number one sees it as more than luck, more than coincidence. They see it as a sign, evidence, that there is someone up there, watching out for them. Group number two sees it as just pure luck. Just a happy turn of chance. I’m sure the people in group number two are looking at those fourteen lights in a very suspicious way. For them, the situation is a fifty-fifty. Could be bad, could be good. But deep down, they feel that whatever happens, they’re on their own. And that fills them with fear. Yeah, there are those people. But there’s a whole lot of people in group number one. When they see those fourteen lights, they’re looking at a miracle. And deep down, they feel that whatever’s going to happen, there will be someone there to help them. And that fills them with hope. See what you have to ask yourself is what kind of person are you? Are you the kind that sees signs, that sees miracles? Or do you believe that people just get lucky? Or, look at the question this way: Is it possible that there are no coincidences?”
I read a book a few years back called, “When God Winks: How the Power of Coincidence Guides Your Life”, by SQuire Rushnell. In it he states, “There is a powerful correlation between wishes and winks, because when your wish comes true or your prayer is answered, it sometimes comes in the form of a coincidence – a wink from God.”
Now, I’m not one to say that because chicken was on sale in the grocery store today, and your entire menu this week revolves around chicken, the power of coincidence has shown itself in your life and God has blessed that chicken and that grocery store and your grocery cart and all of your other items and smiled upon you…okay? I mean, I don’t think that EVERYTHING that happens is a coincidence, or a “Godwink”, as Rushnell calls them. I’m sorry…I’m just a little too cynical for that…which could be good or bad, I don’t really know.
But when you’ve just finished an incredible book, and a friend calls you and details out some issues they’ve been having, and you realize that book speaks to all of that…THAT’S a Godwink. Just think: right at the same time they are going through all of these issues, you just happen to have finished reading a book that could encourage them? When you don’t even really have time to read in the first place, right? What made you choose that book, at that time, and actually finish reading it, just in time for them to call you and cry on your shoulder? Kinda crazy, huh? If you start thinking about things in this manner…well…it could either encourage you or drive you nuts!
Last week I was late. And I HATE being late. I really do. I was still muttering about it as I flew down the road, fuming at everyone who was in my way and fussing at myself for not being on time…when I came upon a huge accident. I mean, it was bad. And the thought crossed my mind, as I’m sure it has crossed everyone’s…what if I had been on time? I could have been right in the middle of that!
In an attempt to bring my attitude back to a good place and actually “get over myself”, I shot a quick prayer heavenward: “Lord, thank You. That could have been me and it wasn’t. Thank you for your protection.”
And you know what I heard in a gentle yet somewhat reproachful response? “Kristen…you have no idea.”
I was taken aback for a moment…and then I got it. You and I have no idea the number of times that the Lord drops His hedge of protection over us on a daily basis. We have no clue how many times He’s saved us – from an accident, from a bad financial choice, from a relationship doomed to fail, from a life decision that could have ruined our family…the list could go on and on. WE HAVE NO IDEA. Was I late due to coincidence? I think not.
So I choose to be a person who sees a miracle. I choose to be the person who feels, deep down, whatever’s going to happen, there will be Someone there to help me. I choose to have hope.
Do you choose that, as well? Or do you choose to be suspicious? Chalk it up as a fifty-fifty situation? Think it could be bad…could be good…but fearfully decide that you’re on your own, no matter what?
Do you believe in winks…or wonders?
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