Here’s a true story I heard on the news in 2008, and noted in one of my journals because I love coincidences.
A lady found an engraved school ring in her back yard. She had no idea how long it had been there but tried to find the person whose name was on the ring, with no luck. She put the ring away in a drawer but kept the name in mind.
One day at her job as a store cashier, she noticed the same name on a gentleman’s credit card as he paid for his purchases. When she asked him if that was his name and did he lose a school ring, he was flabbergasted that she had found it. So much time had lapsed that the ring no longer fit his ring finger but his pinkie. The lady was so excited she said that God had sent this man to her cash register.
I remember thanking God for a “good news” story for a change.
It is said that there is no such thing as a coincidence, but if that is the case, I would like someone to explain this life event to me.
In 1996 when I had my broken bones accident, as I like to call it, I spent a lot of time watching television when I wasn’t doing therapy.
One evening, author, Madeleine L’Engle, was being interviewed about her many books, including “A Wrinkle in Time”. I was entranced with her demeanour and the title of that book. It was an old book, out of print, and very hard to find now, she told the interviewer.
I promised myself that when I was out and about again I would go to The World’s Biggest Book Store in downtown Toronto, to look for it. That store is renowned for having hard to find books.
One day, when I had graduated to crutches, I went to visit my Aunt in hospital. My husband dropped me off at the door and went to park the car. I meandered into the gift shop while waiting for him, and came upon a basket of books on sale for 25 cents each. They were in a complete mess from people rooting through them, and I decided to tidy them up.
The first book I picked up was A WRINKLE IN TIME by Madeleine L’Engle.
How do you explain that?
We sometimes need a break from the overload of our daily agendas. When I became so overwhelmed, I actually prayed to get a break from it all.
Chapter Twenty-Five – Give Me a Break
While shopping one evening, I spied a book with the title, Slow Me Down Lord. I promptly bought it, enjoyed reading it, and made that my daily prayer.
Not long afterwards, I slipped on the lunchroom floor at work, and landed flat on my back. The pain was excruciating! X-rays showed a fractured tailbone. The treatment was to stay off my feet, and complete rest for two weeks; doctor’s orders¾ or God’s?
“Come to me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)
Tomorrow – What’s in a Photograph? – A Lesson in Sensations