Summary: God may be behind our coincidences, like the man behind the curtain in The Wizard of Oz. :) The Westminster Confession of Faith states that the Scriptures, "being immediately inspired by God, and by his singular care and providence kept pure in all ag

Six degrees of separation is the theory that anyone on the planet can be

connected to any other person on the planet through a chain of acquaintances

that has no more than five intermediaries. The theory was first proposed in

1929 by the Hungarian writer Frigyes Karinthy in a short story called


Instead of using the word “coincidence”, I sometimes use “Godincidence”

because it describes those situations in life that happen according to the

divine ingenuity. I have had three such happenings occur to me the last

three months, so I decided to write about them.

Godincidence #1. I deployed to Afghanistan in May 2009. My parents were

visiting Colorado Springs in June, and my Mom stopped in a Supercuts, which

is unusual, since she goes to a shop in Denver. Whom did she meet there,

but my Chaplain boss! We were hoping they would meet before he deployed to

Afghanistan that month. I thank the Lord that Christ set up this

“happenstance” meeting.

Godincidence # 2. I'm ordained with the Vineyard Church USA. There are

only about five Vineyard military chaplains. Would you believe I was in my

office in Afghanistan, and who walked in? Another Vineyard chaplain whom

I've never met before! I was able to network her with other Vineyard

chaplains, so we have more connectivity. Thanks, Lord!

Godincidence #3. A nursing home in Ocala, FL has been sending us school

supplies for the needy Afghan children, and I’m not sure how they found me.

I emailed a couple I know from Colorado who now live in Ocala to see if it

was them. It wasn't, so I asked them if they knew the nursing home and Dee,

who was sending us supplies. They wrote back “We decided to go to a store

to pick up a couple of items. We don’t usually frequent this store, but they happen

to carry a particular brand of plastic storage bins that we like. As we came into the

front of the store, there was a table set up laden with groceries and a large

"Support The Troops" sign. Two ladies were at the table, so I immediately

came up and asked, "you gals don’t happen to know Dee, do you?" The one on

the left quickly stood up and said "that’s ME!" I almost cried! I gave her

a big hug and then told her about you and the school supplies. She was very happy

to know that you received them and told me to tell you that if you need more to let her

know. I was so blessed that I was able to meet her and tell her how much of

a blessing she is for helping our Soldiers and the children. God truly set that up!”

So, this gives you a glimpse how the Lord has been working in my life the

last several months. I can’t wait to see what other Godincidences He has

planned to encourage us!

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