I’m at the gym today, busted out a GOOD workout, 700+ calories burned, whew…. I WILL BE fit and fine by July!!! Anyways, I decided randomly to go to the other side of the gym to do some ab work. Then I said, maybe I will bust out a little lower back… Well I totally didn’t feel like doing the lower back things, but I went over and started doing my reps.
As I am doing my reps, a lady gets on the machine next to me and it squeaked a little. She asked if it was supposed to sound like that, I told her I didn’t know, I didn’t use the machine. She and I chit-chatted about our fitness journey, and the conversation turned to Christ. She told me about her daughter that attends Miles College (my old college) and some of the issues her daughter is enduring right now… She asked me to pray with her for her daughter…. I look like in the middle of the gym…. Well the conversation continued and I was able to encourage her, and assure her that her daughter is in GREAT hands as a child of God. Long story short, she and I talked about Christ’s love and she would like for me to meet her daughter.
So my question, was this coincidence, or was it all in God’s plan?
Coincidence is defined as a remarkable concurrence of events or circumstances without apparent causal connection. I mean, I really didn’t want to go do my lower back reps, and who would have thought that I would have met a lady that has a Miles College connection in little ol’ Chattanooga… In all actuality, I usually go to the gym at 10:30 on Thursday mornings… But this day, I went at 9:30AM, and had actually made plans with a friend to go at 8:30AM. Looks like a coincidence to me!
But wait, I don’t believe in those!!! God knew exactly what he was doing, when I was running EXTREMELY late!!! I know that my steps are ordered by Christ. Ecclesiastes 3: 1 says: For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under Heaven. Also, Romans 8:28 says: And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. Today I was able to connect with a woman of God that was concerned about her daughter, and when she spoke to me, I was able to assure her that good things will come out of her daughter’s situation because she DOES love the Lord. I know that God used me to plant a seed today. Luke 8:15 says: Those seeds that fell on good ground are the people who listen to the message, and keep it in good and honest hearts. They last and produce a harvest.
If I were to believe that this was coincidence, I would not have faith in the works of God. We serve a POWERFUL God that can do exceedingly and abundantly above all we can ask or think. He has a plan for each and every one of our lives and as Ecclesiastes 3:1 says he has a “time for every activity” that we experience. It WAS NOT coincidence; it was the work of God! Mrs. T needed to hear my testimony about Miles College, she needed a “younger” opinion of her daughter’s situation, as well as she needed the words that I was able to deliver on behalf of the Holy Spirit.
As we think about all the things that happen in our lives on a daily basis, know that God has his hand in the midst of all of it! He gives us the option to choose, but in the through it all, our God is omnipresent and he knows how to direct our steps according to his will!