I was reading a post on Amy’s blog, Ms. Toody Goo Shoes the other day, and one of the photos of her desk had a book in it. The book was one that I’d had years ago, and I’d purchased the next book by that author as well. While the second book is here somewhere, I no longer had the first book. I must have given it away at some point in time.
A day or two later I was at a local thrift store and I recognized the pink spine of that book there. And they had not one, but two of them. I thought that was a bit of a coincidence and that I should purchase it and bring it home, which I did.
I had enjoyed this book very much years ago and looked forward to enjoying it again. I don’t usually look at the books there…and on this visit I was there in regards to a bench that I thought my DIL would like to repaint, and some other pieces of furniture that I was looking for. I was texting pictures of things to her and she wanted the little bench and would pay me back if I got it that day.
It was only when I was standing at the counter to pay for it and hold another piece that was heavy and we’d need to come back for with a truck, that my eye rested on the bookshelf and caught that pink spine and I remembered Amy’s post. When I saw two of them there I knew that I was supposed to get one. Over time I have learned not to take such coincidences lightly.
Fast forward a few days later. I’ve been worried about a few things lately and remembered the coincidence and decided to just take some time and open the book and relax and read a bit. On the inside cover was an inscription. It was dated September 1998. The book was a gift to someone and it said ” Dear XXX….Best wishes for each day and be happy. God Bless” and then it was signed.
The book has a ribbon bookmark in it. When I opened the book it was marked with the ribbon to January 22nd. That was the day that I purchased the book.
I did get the shivers a bit about that :)
What did it say for that day?
Go get your own book…I’m not telling you.
Seriously, it was titled “The Prosperity of Living ” and the focus was on finances, focusing on turning inward for strength; a sentence that said “Keep going. Don’t stop. You’re on the right path” ( etc. ) If getting this book was a divine coincidence that message was for me, yes.
Today the car broke down…long story / don’t need to go into it. But after I got a ride home … and I was pretty cold by then…I decided to check out today’s page. Sarah was quoting Rainer Maria Rilke who said “If your everyday life seems poor, don’t blame it; blame yourself; admit to yourself that you are not enough of a poet to call forth its riches….”
So I shall call forth the riches of my car breaking down! We have a forecast of snow…perhaps 3 inches, perhaps 8…who knows. They keep changing it. So on the day that my car broke down, I was already stocked up on groceries, and the only reason that I was running out was a quick trip to Staples. Aside from needing a ride, I didn’t have to worry about anything else. I’ll worry about what is wrong with the car on another day.
Scarlett O’Hara : ” I can’t think about that right now. If I do, I’ll go crazy. I’ll think about that tomorrow.”
Some coincidences are too clear to take lightly. If you find them occuring in your life, take them seriously.
I am sure that God’s using this book for me at this time in my life as encouragement. And used Amy and her post first :) If that is really true, it is mind-boggling, isn’t it.
We live in a physical and cyber world now. You might take a casserole to a sick neighbor or read about the people that dropped off a “porch present ” to Stacey at Poofing the Pillows after her surgery.
You keep Diana over at Nana Diana Takes a Break in your thoughts and prayers and check her blog to see if she’s posted an update.
You were already worried about Balisha at Simply Balisha before she even posted about what’s going on…and she needs prayer.
We all have examples like this in our lives. But if God used a random post by Amy to touch MY life, if that is true, then when you get an inspiration to do a post, do it. Who knows who or what it is for :)
Now, do you think that I am crazy or do you think that such coincidences, all lined up in a pretty row, one after another for me, are to be taken seriously? I am the sort of person that questions everything. I think that is why the ribbon marker on the date that I purchased the book sealed the deal for me. I can’t think of how it could be clearer for me / so that I did not question it or dismiss it. If it was not for that marker I probably would not have done this post.
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