The last several days, my life seems to have been touched with several "coincidences." One occurred last Sunday in worship, as one of our co-pastors spoke of how life seems to overwhelm us, with new things--ideas, music, news, fragments from the internet--constantly bombarding us. As she spoke, I thought, "That's exactly what I've been thinking." Her husband, our other co-pastor, writes a great blog, The Practical Disciple, and said in his blog that he is entering a "season of listening." When I read that post, I thought, "That's exactly what I'm seeking to do." As I explored the web, I discovered a great blog written by Danny Coleman. His latest post was on "hearing God," and his description of how he "heard" God was so much like mine that I had to send him a comment. The next coincidence occurred as I was reading the scripture lessons for next week for an Episcopal service where I'm filling in as organist. The gospel reading was the reading about the prayers of the Pharisee and the tax collector in Luke 18. I had just written a post about pride in my life in which I made reference to that text.
I sit wondering if these are really coincidences, or is God reinforcing the path I'm seeking to follow? Perhaps our human condition is so similar that such congruencies are inevitable. We are all victims of sensory and information overload. That overload may be moving many of us to seek the silence in which we can hear the voice of God if we listen for it. Maybe many Christians struggle with sin of pride. Whether these are mere coincidences or God's reassurance that I'm on the right path, these events reinforce my desire to seek out more times of silence, to be more conscious of the presence of God throughout my day, and to give thanks to God and to those who bless my life, like our pastors and Danny, for their positive influence.