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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Serendipity is another word for God...

He Treats Me to a Feast; Notes from my Abundant Life

Serendipity is another word for God…

But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
~Philippians 4:19(NIV)

Serendipity is a whimsical way of looking at life, being delighted by the unexpected, enhanced by new insights and surprise touches from God. …
~Jan Coleman

We were headed to the town pool. Our town has three, and my plan was to go to the one we always go to...I’d been cranky, and had just lost my temper.  I decided to go to another pool, one I'd never visited, just in case I needed to be close to home.   Serendipity is another word for God. 

Parking the car and headed for a beach chair desperate to relax, my son ran into a former classmate whom he hadn’t seen in two years.  The mom and I were friendly, but had never hung out.  I’d always liked her, but never took it any further.  I’m bad that way…

We had a lovely afternoon, entirely unexpected, and really enjoyable.  I’m looking forward to seeing her again, soon.  She’s a foodie, and a great conversationalist.  Time flew.

As we parted, she said that our encounter was “serendipitous.” Hmmm.  I don’t believe in serendipity, exactly.  Serendipity is another word for God. 

One of the things this mom remembered about me was my email address (@treatmetoafeast.com) which people always think is my catering company.  (Hmmm-serendipity? Is catering my new job??)  In fact, she’d nearly recommended me to a friend seeking a caterer.  I laughed, and confessed that "treatmetoafeast" is the name of a cookbook I haven’t written yet.  Serendipity is another word for God. 

She encouraged me to write the book, one, because she’s a foodie (I know, I mentioned that), and two, because she does signing events at bookstores for authors.  Serendipity is another word for God. 

Today, I earnestly began work on the book.  I completed an introduction, and an outline with chapter titles.  I’ve had accountability partners for writing in the past, it’s how this blog got started, but I’m intending to move forward and get the book done and published this time.  It’s been a goal of mine for a while, and although I’ve accomplished several goals on my list, I still have more to complete.

So, today’s blog is dedicated to my mom friend, whom I need to hang out with more often, for reminding me that in the Kingdom of God, there is no such thing as serendipity.  Serendipity is just another way to describe God’s hand on my life. 

Thank You Lord, for finding a new way to remind me that You are there, Active, Omnipresent.  Thank You Lord for placing people in paths I didn’t intend to take in order to encounter blessings I didn’t know I needed, blessings placed precisely where You knew I’d find them.  Thank You Lord for placing so much in my life that once again, my cup overflows.  And today, like every day, I have further evidence that God is Good.  

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