I’m sure all of us have had experiences where the hair on the back of our neck stood up because some unexplained circumstance that defied the odds played out in our lives.
A few years ago I was taking a few young people from church on a trip halfway across Canada. As I was driving I shared about a friend of mine who was dying of cancer. I had met Dave through teaching Sunday school years ago, and we immediately shared a special bond in our faith and love for the outdoors. Dave was a father figure to many young guys and had greatly impacted my life; how sad it was that the cancer was getting the best of him. I dropped off the young people at their destination and decided to start the two day drive back home.
Dave had been given only a few weeks to live. And that was his plan: to live until he died. Unbeknownst to me, Dave had decided to leave the hospital he was in and travel across Canada rather than wait around to die. Dave and his wife slowly made their way across Canada, stopping when he needed to and continuing on as he felt able. This is where ‘more than coincidence’ comes in. As I was leaving the town I was traveling through, I stopped into a restaurant to grab a bite to eat — and guess who was walking in at the same time. We both just looked at each other and knew that this was a God moment. We laughed and ate together; I knew of a fishing hole nearby so we went and fished for a few hours. It was the best orchestrated goodbye I’ve ever experienced. I hugged him and his wife and said “I don’t know when I’ll see you again” as his wife laughed and said “I do.” As Dave drove off, tears filled my eyes and I looked up and said “Thank You.” Because of Jesus I knew who I was thanking that day.
“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have supremacy. For God was pleased to have all his fullness dwell in him, and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.” (Colossians 1:15-20)