Last week I was driving somewhere in Starkville, and saw a bright yellow pickup truck going the opposite direction. That’s different, I thought; don’t see many yellow trucks. Then a few moments later, I saw another one, moving past me. Today, I was in another part of the state and saw two more: one on the road, the other in a dealer lot. After seeing the fourth yellow truck in a week, I decided this had to mean something.

On yet another trip, going to north Mississippi, I saw some semis from a moving company I had never heard of until the day of my trip. Not just one truck, but four or five. I thought that was odd as well and again had to mean something.

Cap all this off with my hearing references to the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail twice in one day after years and years of nothing at all regarding the movie.

The possibilities?

1. This all means absolutely nothing. Yellow trucks have simply become popular in Starkville and other parts of Mississippi.

2. I was simply in the right place at the right time to see and hear what I did. All coincidence.

3. This is about the providence and mystery of God. Sometimes we are indeed in the right place at the right time to see and hear. Perhaps to hear a plea for help. To see a situation that needs correcting. But it’s not coincidence. It’s the guiding hand of God who works all things together for good.

And the ways of God are mysterious. I can’t explain why I saw so many yellow trucks in such a short period of time. But there are plenty more things in daily life I can’t explain, either. Faithfulness as a believer is at least in part about being open to mystery, to acceptance of the fact that not everything can be quantified, analyzed, commoditized, and set on a shelf to be looked at. Least of all God.

I’ll take option 3. Because “there are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.”

© 2006 by Tom Cheatham