I am back in Essex now for the summer, which is nice! I like being home having everyone around its nice. Looking for jobs which isn't as nice but hey! God will provide....and he has with interviews which is a blessing, so I am thankful.
Anyhoo....back to my blog. I hope you enjoyed the last one as I enjoyed writing it. This blog is probably the only blog that I have really struggled with, in a sense that I don't know the answer. Its not something that has shaken my faith or something that I have struggled with spiritually but it is it something that confuses me.
I have asked so many people about this topic of coincidences, whether they exist therefore meaning that God has a hand in everything or whether they do not in fact exist at all. There is one friend who I have had the biggest discussion with and he basically concluded that "he didn't care" which I feel maybe the right attitude towards this topic. However, I do think it should be given some thought. Before we begin properly I have already come to the conclusion that I am not going to find the answer, as there is absolute answer.
With this is mind I want to start by apologising, however hopefully this blog will raise some interesting questions in your head and I pray through this you will seek to know God's will and purpose. For this blog in particular I have undertaken some immense research! I asked about twenty people, this is market research and my solid research I have gone through and read about six other people's blogs hoping this will shed some light but as of yet it hasn't, and the little in voice inside of me is saying that it isn't going to. Sad times.
So, there types of definition of coincidences according to Google, one quite positive and one negative.
"an apparently chance or unlikely event which creates an unexpected and significant situation"
"an event that might have been arranged although it was really accidental"
The first definition is the nice meaning that coincidences have some positive or purposeful meaning, however the second suggests that could be seen as pre arranged but they weren't it was just one big accident.
One thing that the same friend suggested that I thought was pretty good, was that due to the fall and the consequences of sin things do happen that are out of God's plan, which could therefore be seen as coincidences. Yet situations which that have an effect on us spiritually or may advance the kingdom then they are God.
This is a good opinion and no he isn't going to get a shout out, but thanks anyway. I would have stolen it as my own but I know he reads these so I wouldn't be able to get away with it. It is an interesting concept, maybe at the time we see it as a coincidence but later on we realise a purpose. We have to remember coincidence is a man made concept there is no where in the bible that suggests coincidence as everything was perfectly crafted by God.
It is becoming clear to me now that the term coincidences doesn't really affect a Christian but when asking a non-christian their responses are interesting. Quotes such as "well I think everything happens for a reason" or "yeh somethings are coincidences". It is pretty obvious they are not going to say well I believe if it advances God's kingdom.... but it is important that they note some events are unexplainable. I think as Christians its these events are opportunity for us to share our opinions i.e. evangelise!
Coincidence does run parralle with God's plan and I believe that we can determine a difference we to stick close to him and constantly seek his purpose and will.
I am going to leave you with a verse from proverbs that hopefully will make you think. I pray that you draw close to God so his will is evident.
"In his heart a man plans his course,
but the LORD determines his steps" **---Proverbs 16:9---**
Til next time!