Someone recommended I read the book, God Winks. I soon discovered it is a series of books that shares fascinating stories of real people who experienced fascinating coincidences in their life. Is it chance, is it luck or is it God communicating with you?
Like many people, I always want to get a definitive answer to my prayers. There are times when I get a sign–but I find myself talking to myself that it is simply my imagination. Let’s face it, none of us will truly know the answer to any of this speculation until we get to heaven. Unfortunately, once that time comes–we can’t share the answer to that secret.
Now after reading several of the God Wink books, I am taking pleasure and comfort in remembering the God Winks I’ve already experienced. There are lots and lots of coincidences that have come and gone and I dismissed them. Like the many times I think of someone and they call me or I get a card from that very person. Interesting and notable, but quickly forgotten.
But then there are other situations when we realize that something different has happened. It is what C.G. Jung called “synchroncity.” It is when there is a sequence of events that occur in close proximity to each other and are related through some kind of noticeable similarity. It is totally subjective, but it is a coincidence that someone finds meaningful.
One of those types of coincidences that stands out for me occurred when I was planning to relocate from Pennsylvania to North Carolina. I fell in love with the mountains and fell in love with the first house I walked into (it was absolutely perfect). Although I put down a deposit for this new house, I hadn’t sold my old home. Gulp. I took a big leap of faith that it would all work out in the end, but there were several weeks where I was nervous about owning two homes (and no, I could not afford two homes!)
Eventually, I decided that no matter what, I was going to move to NC to attend a Leadership workshop and decided to make a reservation at an Extended Stay hotel (because my new home wouldn’t be done for another 3 weeks). The hotel reservation was made for September 10th. Two days later, I got a call from my Realtor with an offer for my house. The closing date requested by the new buyer was… September 10th. To me, it was a definite God Wink that I was headed in the right direction.
After reading some of the stories shared by Squire Rushnell and remembering my own, I am not going to waste any future time worrying about whether it is a sign or just luck. I am simply going to smile and believe that these coincidences are indeed answers and guides for my direction. And let it go at that.
What about you–what coincidences have you had in your life? How were these signs answers to your prayers?
Most of my clients come to me and say something like “I feel like there’s something more, but I don’t know what that is.” I always answer, “If you feel there’s something more, then there’s something more.”
There are a lot of people that are happy the way their life is. They are content or at least, accept things as they are. So I am convinced that feeling needs to be addressed.
I have buried my desires and dreams several times in my life–during a bad marriage and a difficult job situation. You numb your feelings to get through it. While this may buy you some time — eventually, it will come bubbling back up until you meet it square in the face.
The trick is to un-numb yourself. It takes a bit of time and faith. It’s something you can’t think your way through. The best thing to start doing is to warm up your joy meter. Look around you and identify what brings you joy. Start feeling again!