I’m always tickled by coincidences…except I don’t believe in coincidences. As a disciple of Jesus, I believe coincidences are God’s way of reminding us that He is present and working in our lives. The author of the bestselling When God Winks books, SQuire Rushnell, has coined the term “godwinks” for these occurrences. Mr. Rushnell has said, “godwinks help people to feel a tangible connection with God...providing them with concrete stepping stones to build a lasting relationship with the Almighty.”
Here are two examples of godwinks that have strengthened my faith and have enriched my walk with Jesus.
Some godwinks are small. In a few days, my family will be lighting the candle of peace in the Advent wreath and sharing a brief testimony with the congregation. My first step in preparing this testimony was, and I hate to admit this, Google. I did a few quick searches for topics like “peace” and “4th Sunday of Advent” and began to get my thoughts in order. Later that day, I realized I’d forgotten about my daily devotional. I opened my devotional book to the day’s reading and was greeted by the topic, “FINDING GENUINE PEACE.” Yes, in all capital letters. I laughed to myself and thought, “God 1, Google 0.”
Some godwinks bring comfort. My niece, Alle, died by suicide on Mother’s Day this year. Needless to say, our family was devastated and continues to grieve her loss. Alle was buried on a Friday afternoon, and we were keeping a close eye on the forecast, as thunderstorms were expected in the area. The skies got dark, the wind picked up, and it began to rain just as we were leaving the cemetery. The storm soon passed and the biggest, most beautiful rainbow I’ve ever seen stretched across the sky. It struck me as a perfect metaphor. A godwink. A reminder that the darkness and sadness which enveloped us in the days after Alle’s death would eventually give way to beauty and hope.
So no, I don’t believe in coincidences. But do I believe in godwinks? Absolutely.
~ Beth Hess