What a coincidence!

Thinking about Thursday

My husband and I recently spent an evening watching

 You can check out a great summary of the plot in this video:

The movie deals with the idea that some of life is fate and some of what we think of as coincidence is actually us being redirected by onto our "path".

So, today, I am thinking about coincidences in my life.

  • When I was nine years old, my mother and I moved from a small town in west Texas to a small suburb of Joplin, Missouri. On the first day in my new school, I noticed one of the boys in my fourth grade class looked strangely familiar. That's because I already knew him. He lived in the suburb of Joplin, but spent summers with his grandparents in the small town in west Texas. I recognized  him from my Sunday School class. We didn't grow up and get married or anything. In fact, we weren't even close friends. But, I've always sort of wondered why that happened.  The towns are close to 500 miles apart and neither was exactly a booming place. So, why was this same little boy in my life at both places?
  • I did most of my growing up just outside of Oklahoma City. Shortly after I moved to Texas, I returned to OKC one weekend for a Bachelorette party. I was driving down I-35, when my parents (who lived 30 miles outside of OKC and didn't know when I was coming to town) pulled onto the highway in front me. I called them on my cell phone and told my dad to look in his rearview mirror. We had a 15 minute impromptu visit in a gas station parking lot. That still fascinates me to this day. Everything that had to be timed exactly right for us to cross paths at that precise moment. It boggles my mind. But, was it a coincidence? Or for some reason, was I supposed to see my parents that day?
  • By far the most important was meeting my husband. We met at a church we were both visiting for the first time. I knew the one person who had invited me. He didn't know anyone. I introduced myself to him because 1.) he was really cute and 2.) I didn't want to sit alone through the bible study class. (He would tell you I picked him up which I deny, but that is a story for another day :) ) We went to lunch immediately after church and have basically been together ever since.   
      If we hadn't met that day, we may never had met.     Because  of various circumstances, I would not have been back to that same church (if I had decided to go back) for at least a month. It was a large church with multiple services.He was out visiting new churches, who knows if he would have come back to that church or that service.

What coincidences have you had in your life?  Have they led you on a certain path? Or just made you stop and think, "Hmm"?