Reading about Paul and the Epicureans and Stoics, these happy-seekers with altars to unknown gods so as not to offend anyone. I love how Paul talks with men who “spend their time doing nothing but talking about and listening to the latest ideas”–he speaks with reason and proof. And he tells them, God is the designer, that things are not left to chance.
From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us. Acts 17:26-27 (NIV).
I was talking with a friend yesterday, explaining to him some recent changes in my life, doors that were opening, that I was hesitant to walk through, but preparing for nonetheless. These circumstances seemed to come about all of a sudden, really taking me off guard by speed and opportunity. I said to him, “I think it’s a God thing.”
“I doubt it’s a God thing,” he said.
I have to admit, I have thought some past events and happenings were coincidental or a result of chance. But I am beginning to see God in the details. Glad that he is not far from me.