Several days ago, in a post called “God’s sense of humor, or sense of timing?“, I recounted how God had “coincidentally” arranged for two neighbors to end up knocking on our door and asking to come into our house. We did not know one of these neighbors, but we had been (and continue) trying to get to know the other neighbor for some time. We have very little in common, so it has been difficult. We knew if something was going to happen, God would have to do it. He did, and she ended up sitting in our living room talking to Margaret, my wife.
In that post, I rhetorically asked, “Do we force these relationships, or do we again allow God to provide those additional opportunities?” The comments were great, and I want to share a few before I continue this story.
Brandon from “Eleutheros” said, “If it’s God who has opened the door (so to speak) then ask Him to grow these friendships. This way all you have to do is be available.”
Steve from “Theological Musings Blog” said, “So, be faithful (I’m speaking to myself, too, here) when those opportunities are there, but don’t force the relationship.”
I truly appreciate this encouragement, and the recognition that anything that we do is faulty. We have to wait for God to move in someone’s life – including our own – because only he can affect transformation. So, we have prayed and we have watched for opportunities.
A few days ago, Margaret went to the mailbox… and our neighbor’s mail had been delivered to us by mistake… coincidentally. Of course, she HAD to go to their house and deliver the mail to them… and invite them to dinner in the course of the conversation. They didn’t accept her dinner invitation this time. But, once again, God worked to bring our families together. I’m looking forward to his next “coincidence”.