“Sometimes serendipity is just intention unmasked.”
― Elizabeth Berg, The Year of Pleasures
But, for a Christian, there are, strictly speaking, no chances. A secret Master of the Ceremonies has been at work. Christ, who said to the disciples “Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you…” ― C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves
This may seem like stating the obvious, but God is never surprised. He does not wonder what will happen or worry about the future. He knows the end from the beginning.
A particular verse in Ecclesiastes emphasises this further and completely blows my mind;
‘Whatever is has already been, and what will be has been before; and God will call the past to account’– Eccl 3 v 15
Serendipity has been defined as ‘the fortunate occurrence of events by chance’ (Oxford English Dictionary). The thing is, we usually only know that a series of events has been fortunate for us after the events have occurred. The riveting thing about God is, He knows beforehand that each event is fortunate and for our good. Before we even get a whiff or an inkling of its blessing in our life.
I wonder how many times we fight against, moan, complain and agonise over situations and events in our lives, utterly ignorant of the awesomeness of the plan God ultimately has.
I believe our lives are divinely connected and intricately woven into an eternal pattern. A pattern which only the Father knows, but is revealed little by little in accordance with the measure that we can receive or handle at any point in time.
Do we ever stop to assess our lives, to ask questions and wait for answers?
Such as, why do we live in the place/ city/ country that we do? Why do we have that job? Why are we part of this family? Why do we love the things we love and hate the things we hate? Why do we have these friends? Why do we meet these people on a daily basis? The questions are potentially endless…
Yet, these are crucial questions to ask. Not just to ask, but to wait for an answer. When we dialogue with God in prayer, His promise is-
‘Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know’– Jeremiah 33 v 3
Knowing why our lives follow a certain trajectory is a valuable thing. Knowledge, as they say, is power. This means determined seeking after God’s perspective, and when we have a glimpse of His perspective, we can partner much more effectively with Him in seeking and saving those who are lost.
Undoubtedly, we will be a part of someone else’s ‘serendipity’ moment. We will play a part in their ‘fortunate occurrence of events’, and hopefully this will involve leading them to the well of living waters- Jesus Christ.
God wants us to be connected to His serendipitous plans, He wants us to get on board with the way He does and how He thinks.
The things God has prepared for us can appear as something like serendipity… but they are not by fortune or by chance. We can know His plans in advance if we so seek, for God has revealed them to us by His Spirit (1 Corinthians 2 v 10).
Do you recognise God at work in your life?