Nothing in life happens by chance. Nothing.
Every thing we do, every decision we make has a cause-and-effect chain reaction that is assigned a purpose. It doesn’t come at random; even what seems to be the most insignificant routine action affects not only the course of our future, but the future of others. The most interesting part of that to me is that it’s not just others we know, but complete strangers, and even people who’ve yet to be born as well as those we’ll never meet.
Bear with me for a minute if I’m getting too deep for you. I’ll show you how in the account of Rebekah, how valid my theory is.
In Genesis 24, Abraham has been quite specific on the criteria he requires of the prospective bride for his son. It’s a tall order his servant has to fill. Quite the undertaking. She has to be from Abraham’s homeland and his family’s descent. And somehow, this servant has to convince the chosen bachelorette to come back with him, a foreign stranger, to Isaac, on blind faith.
Fast forward to when Eliezer actually gets there. He prays a specific prayer for success in his task, and asks that God grants him a sign of his success, that if he asks one of the women to give him water from her jug and she not only gives him water but offers to water his camels as well.
Ok, consider this. The servant makes the journey all the way back to his master’s hometown, and of all the women carrying jugs, the FIRST one he asked to give him water, did, AND she offered to water his camels as well. Ok, ok, call that a coincidence if you want. Perhaps this is an extremely friendly little town and every woman at the well is so very hospitable to give complete strangers and their camels, water. BUT we find out next that this woman was also Abraham’s relative! And not just any relative– but his great-niece, the granddaughter of his brother!!!! What are the odds???? And to top it all off, she goes with the servant WITHOUT hesitation or question! Really???
I stopped believing in coincidences years ago, although it was once easier to believe that everything was all happenstance rather than the inner workings of a very deliberate plot that was unfolding in my life, which is actually part of a divine grander plan. It comforts me to know just how intentional the Lord is with my life.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11
It was on an Encounter Sunday, our church calls it, that I had my epiphany. I’d been listening to Pastor Layne’s message about choosing the will of God every time if we only knew what He knew. I’d been walking through a tough season, and if I can be real, I was struggling with some frustration regarding my circumstances, as I pushed through in an attempt to put my focus back on the Lord. Once we began to worship again, as I turned my heart to praise the One who comforts, the revelation of the message came alive in my spirit. Suddenly, in my mind, I saw every event of my life all the way up to that moment of me in church, the good and bad, flash before my eyes.
First, it was as if I was watching a highlight reel of my life, but then it switched to a perspective as if looking upon a canvas, witnessing the composing of an exquisite painting. Each brushstroke represented a moment in my life. Some strokes hard and violent showcasing dark and depressing pigments, some so carefully delicate with variants of whites and soft pastels, while others long and tedious featuring the most vibrant hues of the color spectrum. Each necessary for the masterpiece appearing before me. I had a new understanding and appreciation for every hardship and pain I’d walked through.
All of it had brought me to that moment in time. Its all connected and working for my good. Every flutter of joy and painful scar is bringing me into my destiny. And none of it, would I do over.
“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.” Romans 8:28
God is omniscient, all-knowing. He has a plan, and is working everything together for our good. No, there are NO coincidences.
Read more on Rebekah with us on our Learning from Their Examples series:
- Random Acts of Kindness – Cindy
- It Pays To Wait On God – Cheryl
- I Was Just Trying To Help – Andrea
- What’s The Plan – Cassandra
Heather Whidden loves Jesus, is married to her best friend and is mother of 3 blessings. She is a professional photographer and has a heart for ministry. She loves spending time with her family and friends, writing, reading, and traveling. Time and people is what she values most. You can read more about her here.