Jay: “Well, this is fate! She’s divorced, we don’t want to redo the cabinets, and you need a wife. What do they call it when everything intersects?”
Sam Baldwin: “The Bermuda Triangle.”–Sleepless in Seattle

“For if you keep silence at such a time as this, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another quarter, but you and your father’s family will perish. Who knows? Perhaps you have come to royal dignity for just such a time as this” (Esther 4:14).

*****

I was writing a check the other day (yeah, I’m old-fashioned) and noticed that the amount of the bill–$40.55—matched the number of the check I was writing for it—4055. How strange! But also how evocative, because that little surprise reminded me of how sometimes events happen and people come together in the providence of God for salutary effect.

Surely it is not coincidence when scientists on opposite sides of the globe make the same discoveries at much the same moment. When circumstances bring together two people who normally would not have met (a la Sleepless in Seattle).When your friend or spouse says the very thing you were thinking, without your prompting. Or when events in the ancient world came together to create the kairos moment for the Incarnation.

My friend the artist Jane Dalrymple-Hollo (www.janedalrymplehollo.com) talks about those moments when “the universe is being perfectly choreographed” for some purpose. We can all point to them; we have all experienced them. They are as quotidian as my owed bill and check number having the same figures and as gloriously unique and significant as the coming of the Savior. They are the perhaps paradoxical intersection of our choices and an unseen hand  guiding us. They are mysterious. They are real. They are the holy convergences that save and heal and delight.

We come to them and they come to us for such a time as this.

© 2011 Tom Cheatham

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