Merriam Webster defines coincidence as:
"the occurrence of events that happen at the same time by accident but seem to have some connection"
Since I have a hard time wrapping my head around what an "accident" actually is, I prefer the term God-incidence -- which I define as:
"the occurrence of events that happen at the same time because God is orchestrating the situation and there IS a connection"
Yesterday was a pretty bad day. I hadn't slept at all Wednesday night due to too much mental activity -- I had some issue I needed to work through. Then, I spent the entire day working on a new issue at work that should have taken ten minutes, but consumed my whole day. I was pretty frustrated and was questioning a lot of things in my life -- one of which was "Do I really have the time, patience and passion to be on the Executive Board of the IC3, or was that just a bad idea?" As the end of the day rolled around, I decided to throw away all of the work I had done that day and start fresh tomorrow. I got my IC3 kit on and started walking out to my bike, when a voice behind me says:
"Hey, is that real? I mean, your jacket?"
I turned around and replied "Are you talking to me?"
"Yeah, your jacket says 'Christian Cycling', what is that about?"
I started telling him a little about the club. And the more I told, the more he got excited and the more I got excited and the more he got excited and so on. It turns out, the gentleman was Waihon Liew, Director of Cross Cultural Outreach for the Harbor Church. He has a group of foreign-exchange students on the U of M campus that he mentors in faith and he, and his fiance, were just leaving a group. After I told him about my ministry, he told me about his -- and we talked about how cool it would be to work together on a project or ride or something.
Suddenly, I felt full of purpose and my ride home was a joy and a blessing -- even though it rained on me [twice]. It was no accident that I happened to be wearing my IC3 kit. It was no accident that Waihon and I were both walking that street at the same time. It was no accident that Waihon noticed me. It was all part of God's plan -- and I can't wait to see what else God has in store for me, the club and the budding relationship with my new friend.