Ruth 1,2; Acts 3

Do you believe in coincidences? Many times in our lives what look like chance encounters end up being life-changing events. There’s an interesting movie entitled, “Sliding Doors”. It has to do with two alternative outcomes depending on whether a woman gets on a train or has to wait for the next one. This simple choice — and the movie plays out both options — shows what happens by just that one tiny choice.

Ruth 2 has an interesting “throw away” line, “3 So she set out and went and gleaned in the field after the reapers, and she happened to come to the part of the field belonging to Boaz, who was of the clan of Elimelech.” The author of this short book treats this chance encounter as a coincidence. Yet, it starts of a chain of events that results in the unbroken lineage in the ancestry of Jesus. What seemed like a chance decision or happenstance ended up being one of the most important events in human history.

Have you had something like this happen in your life? I can see in mine events that seemed unrelated being life-changing and subsequently life changing for millions of people. Not because of my choices, but because of what God has done in the circumstances of my life. Look back over the history of your life. Can you find at least one of these sliding door moments that has changed your path or those of others that has made an eternal difference in God’s kingdom?


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  1. It may not have seemed like a big deal, but I will not forget the day I ran into you at the UPS Store after my dad died. Do you remember? I was looking for a notary, and my husband told me to go there. But I had gone to three other stops first before I got to the UPS Store. Meanwhile, you were there and had to go home because you forgot something, and we ended up there seconds apart. Your presence was a huge comfort to me on a very stressful day. I remember how you said you’d been there already and had forgotten something. I don’t think our meeting was coincidence at all, and looking back, it was just one of many ways that God showed me he was with me in all of it. So thankful for you, Dave!

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