Have you ever bumped into someone you’d just been thinking about?  Or been in the right place at the right time?

I’ve had a few of those occurrences recently.  A couple of weeks ago, I went to visit an elderly man in Right time, right place: coincidence or providence?hospital on my day off.  I was worried that it couldn’t wait, and, sadly, in the end I was right.  While I was walking back down the long hospital corridor, I bumped into a friend of mine.  Her son was in emergency surgery to have pins put in a broken leg.

While I don’t know how much help I was to her, I was glad to have seen her.  Both of my kids have had general anaesthetics, and it’s not a nice feeling, leaving them while they are asleep.  I hope that just seeing a familiar friendly face made a difference.

Right time, right place?

The next day I was waiting on the platform of York station to catch a train to the midlands.  I don’t Right time, right place: coincidence or providence?travel by train very often, but wasn’t surprised to see the father of one of my children’s friends as he is a regular rail user.  I was surprised, however, to see a colleague that I had only met twice previously.  He sat with me in the station, and when we looked at our seat reservations for the train, we discovered that we had been put next to each other.  I don’t think we could have planned that if we had tried.

So, is all of this just coincidence?  Or could there be something deeper?


It feels like my husband and I were destined to meet.  We grew up over 100 miles apart, and didn’t go to the same university.  We had a mutual friend – he went to Tom’s 18th birthday party, and I went to his 21st.  We have both only been to Cork once, and it was on the same weekend.  He nearly didn’t attend the holiday where we met.  I am sure our paths would have continued to cross or nearly crossRight place, right time: coincidence or providence? until we finally did meet.

I believe that nothing happens by chance.  We are guided continually – if you are religious, being guided by the Lord probably isn’t a new concept.  I don’t believe that decisions are made for us, or that our paths are predestined.  The Lord sees opportunities for us and encourages us to move in the direction that will bring us eternal happiness.  It’s up to us whether we listen to our intuition and follow our best instincts, or whether we choose a different way.  The Lord will give us as many opportunities as we need.

Nothing happens by chance

How do we know when we are being led, or when opportunities are given?  That’s a tricky one.  We can’t tell.  We can’t always work out what the coincidences mean.  We can, however, listen to our inner voice and think about our motivations when we are making decisions.  Have we chosen the path of least resistance?  Could having made a different choice brought a happier result?  Are we willing to trust that everything will work out in the end?

What coincidences can you remember?  Has anything happened in your life that feels like it was planned by someone else?

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