UpBeat Spiritual Living: The Mechanic, the Waitress, and Godsidence
© 2012 Kebba Buckley Button. World Rights Reserved
The following story was inspired by one I once saw in email, author unknown. In my version, a few extra things happen.
One night, a wealthy, elderly woman is driving along an Arizona highway when one of her tires blows. She pulls over and worries. She prays for her safety but is still fearful. Shortly, a car pulls up and a man gets out. The woman is frightened. He says, through her window, that he sees she has a flat and would like to help.
He doesn’t usually take this route home, he says, but he was oddly moved to take this road this evening. Silently, he is giving thanks for being sent down this road this evening. This woman is obviously of advanced age, and now he can help her get on her way before anything bad happens to her.
He asks, does she have a spare? Yes, and a jack. Massively relieved, the woman is thrilled to have his help. He introduces himself as Jim Miller, a local mechanic. Soon the flat is fixed and the elderly woman can be on her way. She enthusiastically offers Jim payment, but he is relieved that she will be fine now, and he asks her only to do something generous for the next person she meets who needs such kindness.
The elderly woman finds a café a few miles down the road. Her waitress is clearly in her third trimester of pregnancy. The young woman is nonetheless cheerful and a great waitress, despite being obviously exhausted. The elderly woman thinks of her recent roadside rescuer and leaves the waitress a few hundred dollar bills.
The waitress finds the bills after the elderly woman has gone. She is overcome with gratitude and deeply prays thanks to God for sending this support. With the baby coming, she and her mechanic husband can really use the cash. God is good!
The waitress goes home and finds her mechanic husband already asleep. She slips into bed and puts her happy, grateful arms around Jim Miller.
A great truth of life is that God weaves threads of interactions all the time. Sometimes we even get to see the weaving turn into the fabric of our lives. We say, “God works in mysterious ways!” Some of God’s ways are so subtle that we do not see the patterns. Many people say, “Wow, what a coincidence!” Things coincide. Events and people just…come together! Not really.
I believe that “coincidence”, or random events working together for our good, is actually the rare occurrence. Rather, that coming together is generally the result of Divine Intelligence. The Hand of God is clear in so many things. The threads God weaves are not coincidence. Let’s call those patterns “Godsidence”.
The story above is full of Godsidence, not coincidence. And each of the players had some sense of their Divine connection, of their role in something God was up to. The next time you notice a “coincidence”, ask yourself if that was actually Godsidence. And give thanks for your role in whatever it is that God is weaving that day. The Lord works in mysterious ways. For you.
● Rev. Kebba Buckley Button is the author of the 2012 book, Peace Within: Your Peaceful Inner Core.
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