Those moments when things just seem to happen in the right way while we know that God is orchestrating the details. The Cambridge Dictionary defines coincidence as: an occasion when two or more similar things happen at the same time, especially in a way that is unlikely and surprising.
I have also heard it called a Godwink:
- An event or personal experience, often identified as coincidence, so astonishing that it is seen as a sign of divine intervention, especially when perceived as the answer to a prayer. A sign of hope.
- God wink n. something taken as evidence that a higher power is at work; a coincidence.
- An occurrence so odd and out of the ordinary, it had to be put in place by God. A wink from God letting you know you’re in the right direction.
- A coincidence that isn’t coincidence, but is thought to be of divine origin,” readers led [Squire Rushnell] to a second meaning for Godwink. It had never dawned on [him] that there was no word in the English language for “answered prayer”.
- God winks are little things that seem to happen randomly, but some believers feel they are signals or winks from God to give them direction or reassurance.
Some great examples are in the books of Esther and Ruth.
In Esther we read in Esther 4:13-14 Then Mordecai told them to reply to Esther, “Do not think to yourself that in the king’s palace you will escape any more than all the other Jews. For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”
In the book of Ruth: We all love Ruth and Naomi and their dedication to one another in the Old Testament. After the death of both of their husbands they move back to their homeland and in order to provide food for the two of them, Ruth is out in the field gathering grain that is left over from the harvesters. “Then she left, 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 family of Elimelech.” Ruth 2:3. She just happened to come to the field that belonged to Boaz… a man of influence and wealth who would soon fall in love with her and take her for his wife. But it doesn’t end there. We find Boaz and Ruth listed in the New Testament in a pretty important place. “The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham…Salmon begot Boaz by Rahab, Boaz begot Obed by Ruth, Obed begot Jesse, and Jesse begot David the king.” Matthew 1:1-5. Surely you can think of times in your life when circumstances have come together that you knew, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that it had to be God! Some would have called it coincidence but you knew better. God had His hand all over it!
“The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and He delights in his way.” Psalm 37:23.
I was adopted as an infant and I have been searching for my biological family for a few years now. I have found my birth mom’s family and been warmly accepted. My birth father was not on my birth records. I have done my DNA on two sites. I recently connected with a 2nd cousin in British Columbia who has been helping me track down my birth father’s family. He recently sent info to a group of relatives in Scotland. Here’s the divine coincidence, the day he sent the emails, a Facebook group formed for descendants of our common ancestor.
Albert Einstein said, “coincidence is God’s way of remaining anonymous“.
In Acts 8:26-40, we read the story of Philip and the Ethiopian eunuch. God sends Philip south and he goes. Without asking why by the way. By coincidence he meets the Ethiopian eunuch. They were traveling from different places and by different methods, but just happened to meet. The eunuch just happens to be reading Isaiah 53:7 & 8, a passage about Jesus. Acts 8:35, “Then Philip began with that very passage of Scripture and told him the good news about Jesus”.
A biblical definition of coincidence is; “what occurs together by God’s providential arrangement of circumstances.”
Consider the chain of events that started with Edward Kimball to reach Billy Graham for Christ.
Proverbs 19:21 Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand.
Joseph. He was sold by his brothers to merchants on their way to Egypt (Genesis 37:12-36). He had gone to take food to his brothers tending flocks at the same time these merchants were passed through and willing to buy him and sell him as a slave, in Egypt. Ultimately, he became second in command to the Pharaoh and saved his own people from starvation. This was predicted in the earlier part of Genesis 37:5-11 when Joseph had two dreams and shared them with his brothers and father. This was an unexpected “reuniting” between close family members.
Finding Isaac’s wife. In Genesis 24, we read about Abraham’s servant being sent to find a wife for Isaac, Abraham’s son. Abraham also predicted that this wife would come from among his own distant relatives. The servant prayed to God that the sign for knowing who that woman was to be would be that when she was asked for water by the servant, she would also offer to water his camels (and there were many of them since he had a party of his own people with him). While this may be expected of anyone as an act of kindness, we see coincidence in the fact that it was Rebekah who was the first to appear right after the servant had prayed and asked to be blessed in his mission; she was from Abraham’s distant relatives; and even though she had some nobility in her veins, she took the time and effort to lug water for all the camels.