BY MICHAEL REISIG –
“Well look who I’ve run into,” said Coincidence with a smirk.
“Please,” murmured Fate, offering an insightful smile. “It was meant to be.”
“Get a room, will you!” growled Pessimism.
I believe there is more physical energy in coincidence than we imagine – it’s really life showing us what we need to know, and giving us what we need to have, at the time. But for all efforts of happening and fate, it’s still our responsibility to act on what coincidence offers. There are those who believe that there is no such thing as divined coincidence – that the alignment of stars and the magnificence of chance are just tumbling plastic balls in the lottery cage of life. But I have seen my fair share of flukes and fortuity – enough to believe that God has a remarkable sense of humor, and the Devil is equally possessed of a diabolical disposition.
While we don’t all believe in coincidence, I try to be positive: I like to think it’s God’s way of remaining anonymous. The writer Nancy Thayer says, “The universe is always speaking to us – sending us messages, causing coincidence and serendipities, reminding us to stop, look around, and believe in something more.” I think she has it right. I’m beginning to believe that the world is far more organized than it appears. When you step back and look at it all, you begin to realize that nothing is a coincidence. The other thing I have noticed is, the more you begin to believe in the guiding force of coincidence, the more it happens for you. Maybe even God appreciates being noticed now and then.
Some people describe coincidence as more of a universal synchronicity – convergences of fate and discipline levied against blind luck and disaster. We, as a species, delight in finding pattern to things, while I believe, God delights in throwing nearly indecipherable situations at us – to weigh our character and our appreciation, and to help us grow.
In the end, we have to believe in the value of coincidence, but be smart enough to recognize that every good or bad thing that happens to us is not necessarily an invention of a greater power. Sometimes we just do stupid things. Then we have to dig ourselves out, push pessimism to the rear, and move forward again – to the next real coincidence.
The views and opinions expressed in this column do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of the ownership and staff of The Polk County Pulse. Michael Reisig is a freelance writer and published author whose works are reproduced throughout the globe.