“But watch out! Be very careful never to forget what you have seen God doing for you. May his miracles have a deep and permanent effect upon your lives! Tell your children and your grandchildren about the glorious miracles he did. Deuteronomy 4:9 (TLB)
Have you ever had a set of circumstances in your life that were so unexpected and so complex that you knew there was no other way it could have happened except by divine appointment?
Some people refer to inexplicable, uncanny, timely, and/or especially appropriate happenings as coincidences. But I like to think of them as God-incidences – blessings and miracles from God that have and are making a permanent effect on my life.
After my husband’s sudden and unexpected death I had the full responsibility of managing my health issues. I have been a diabetic for 59 years and for 48 years Don was very instrumental in helping me monitor my sugar and insulin levels on a daily basis. He was always there to make sure I did not go too low at night and took care of me when it did.
It was a scary feeling not to be able to “confirm” with him that I was making the right choices and the thought of living alone was not something I even wanted to think about. I was able to stay with my daughter and her family for several months after my husband’s death until I could determine what was best for a long term solution.
During that time of transition my step-dad passed away and my Mom was alone again. I had never thought about returning to the place I grew up, but things began to fall in place and before I knew it I was planning a move back to my home town to live with my Mom in a new apartment in a wonderful retirement facility. I did not have to live alone and medical “help” would be available if I needed it!
A couple of months after my move, I began to search for doctors to help with my diabetes and some complications I have from it. It was soon determined I really needed to consider an insulin pump to help get my diabetes under better control. I needed to find an endocrinologist. I really wanted to go back to my “old” doctor who treated me before I moved some 20 years ago. I was told he was near retirement and not taking any new patients. I finally got an appointment with a doctor, but had many reservations.
A few weeks before my appointment I went on a trip with the “seniors” from our church. There were seven of us on the trip who were widows and I knew all but one of them. As we began to spend time together, I realized the lady I did not know not only shared the journey of widowhood with me, but she was a diabetic, on an insulin pump, a nurse, went to my “old” doctor, and only lived 5 minutes from me.
After a few conversations with her and a phone call to my “old” doctor’s office, I had an appointment to see him within a few weeks! It was such a blessing to return to my doctor as he knew the struggles I have with the diabetes. My new “purple” pump was ordered and I was scheduled for training to begin using it on January 2nd.
I was a bit concerned about that date as it was the 2nd anniversary of my husband’s death, but I was confident that I could handle it knowing that getting started on the pump was important. January 2nd turned out to be a very icy, snowy, and cold morning. It was decided it was not safe to travel to the place I was to meet with the people to get this process started. The trainers who were to meet with me are from the pump manufacturer and only come to our area once a month so new training was scheduled for February 6th. I was disappointed since I was very “ready” to get this going but had to accept it.
The next day I received a phone call from my doctor telling me she knew I needed to start the pump before February and had received authorization from the manufacturer to train me herself. She asked me to meet her on January 4th - a Saturday! My friend drove me to meet with the doctor and was there so she could understand all the settings. My “new” friend and I not only share the journey of widowhood, but understand the demands of controlling diabetes!
I truly believe all of these events were not mere coincidences, they were orchestrated by God just as He has many others in the past. But why should I be surprised – God knows me personally (Psalm 139) – He knew that my husband’s time to help me was over, so He placed another one of His children in the right place at the right time to help and be a blessing to me!
Heavenly Father, I know that there is no such thing as co-incidences in my life. Help me to watch and listen for the God-incidences that occur every day of my life. Thank you for the many I have experienced on the past. Help me to share with others how you are working in my life – may it be an encouragement and blessing to someone. Amen