No Such Thing as Random

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For from him and through him and for him are all things.  To him be glory forever, Amen. (Romans 11:36)

I’ve come to the conclusion that there is no such thing as random happenings.  You may disagree with me and that’s absolutely fine but I’ve begun to believe that every event, situation and person provides an opportunity to learn and grow in our faith.

no such thing as random

A few weekends ago there were more than a dozen young women in and out of our home.  They were all here to say hello to a lovely teenager from Maryland.  The girls met each other while participating in a Franciscan LEAD Conference (leadership, evangelization, and discipleship) held at Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio last July.

Lexi was my daughter Shannon’s “randomly selected” roommate at the week-long conference. Lexi and Shannon share a deep connection of prayer and faith.  They give all-new meaning to the term “soul sisters”. It doesn’t seem very random to me that a group of girls from Michigan gathered to laugh and pray with a friend from Maryland who they met in Ohio.  Hmm…seems bigger than random to me!

I shiver when I think of all the times we dismiss the deliberate work of God as random, coincidence, karma, or fate.  I think our loving Father is much more personal and spectacular than that!

I remember the night I met my husband.  He was taking my roommate out to dinner and I answered the door and chatted with him while he waited for her to finish getting ready.  Several weeks later I sat down in a meeting with a room full of strangers and guess who was seated right across the table from me…yup…my husband.  I don’t think that was random.

I also remember the cold snowy winter evening I was coming home from the orthodontist with three kids and a trunk full of groceries and I got a flat tire.  The wind chill that evening was more than 10 below zero and after digging the spare tire out from under all the groceries, I couldn’t get the frozen lug nuts off to change the tire.  As I knelt in the snow frozen and frustrated, a gentleman stopped and invited me to drive my car to the farm right up the road.  It turns out he owned a tire shop and he had all the equipment necessary to change my tire in his heated shop.  Random… I think not!

I really think Christ dwells among us and works through us. When I think about my days here on earth, I realize every single thing is meant to draw me closer to Him.  The sooner I realize that and lift my heart to Him in thanksgiving for the million ways a week He works in my life, the more exciting it be comes to see His works.  When I recognize things I might have once called random, as His handiwork, I feel loved and protected and blessed.  Those are great things to feel for sure!

A Seed To Plant:  Take some time this week to write down all the things that seem like “random” events.  At the end of the week, lift you list to the Lord in prayer and ask Him to show how He was working purposefully in each of those situations.

Copyright 2013 Sheri Wohlfert

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Sheri is a Catholic wife, mom, speaker and teacher. She uses her great sense of humor and her deep faith to help others discover the joy of being a child of God. Her roots are in Kansas but her home is in Michigan. The mission of her ministry is to encourage others to take a good look at the simple ways we can all find God doing joyful, blessed, amazing things smack dab in the middle of the laundry, ball games, farm chores and the hundred other things we manage to cram into a day. Sheri also writes at JoyfulWords.org.

7 Comments

  1. I agree, Sheri! The other day my husband was due to return home after a long, difficult day. I was upset because there was a lot of snow to be cleared from the driveway and the sidewalks and it’s usually his job to do. I wanted to do it for him but couldn’t because I had my four little people at home with me. Then, totally out-of-the-blue, a man and his son stopped by asking if I’d like to hire them (for so little!) to clear the driveway and sidewalks! They finished in a flash and a few minutes after they left, my tired husband returned home, deeply touched that he didn’t have to go back out in the cold to do the job himself! God is so good and does care for us tenderly! Thanks for your great reminder, Sheri.
    God bless!

    • Thanks for your great story Meg. In the words of my “little first grade lovelies”…God’s just the best! May you enjoy the JOY of this third week of Advent. Blessings on your day!

    • Thank you Cindy! I hope you have a week full of “not random” goodness from God. Enjoy the JOY of this third week of Advent! Blessings on your day!

  2. Spectacular indeed is our God! Thank you for sharing your thoughts in this beautifully-written straight-from-the-heart piece. It inspires me to look deeper at the people and events in my daily life to recognize God’s presence more often! God bless you.

    • Thanks Kathy! Your challenge this third JOYFUL week of Advent…Go Forth and Find Him…See Him Working In Every Tiny Non-Random Thing Of Your Days! Blessings on your day!

  3. Yes, the Lord has a perfect plan. I love to look back and see how all the “random” events of my life tie together. It wasn’t so random that I ended up on a retreat with three wonderful ladies who work in youth ministry. 3 years later, I was working in youth ministry- right where the Lord wanted me. Our God is Good!

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