It’s said that coincidence is just God’s way of remaining anonymous. Check out this story by Joy Sadler Wattenburger of Cushing, Oklahoma, and make up your own mind. It was featured in a Guideposts e-letter. Click here to sign up for Guideposts‘ free Mysterious Ways newsletter. You’ll also be able to download a free e-book, Mysterious Ways: 9 Inspiring Stories That Show Evidence of God’s Love and God’s Grace.
SUITCASE FULL OF HOPE
An inexplicable coincidence convinces a grieving woman she still has something to hope for.
They say God has a plan for everyone, but sometimes I wondered.
Like when my husband died 11 years ago. Or when my mother and brother passed away a few years later. If it hadn’t been for my second husband, Jon, I don’t think I could have gone on. He came into my life just when I needed him, helping me get past my grief.
But even he had trouble lifting my spirits the day in March when I waved goodbye to my oldest daughter and her children—my grandchildren—who were moving to Phoenix. Arizona was a long way from Oklahoma. Was I destined to have the people I love leave me?
To take my mind off things, I decided to clean out my hall closet. It had been ages since I’d done that. I pulled out an old blue suitcase my father had given me. I eagerly snapped it open. It was filled with tapes and CDs of Christian country music—songs I’d sung for 15 years while performing with my family’s cowboy ministry. Mom and Dad carried the suitcase to our concerts, and sold copies of our albums out of it. Mom and Dad had sold copies of my albums out of it.
I knelt on the floor and went through the tapes and CDs, one by one. Oh, the memories they triggered! When the suitcase was empty, I ran my fingers nostalgically over its smooth finish. Only then did I notice a worn Continental Airlines baggage tag attached to the handle. I turned it over, expecting to see my parents’ names in my mother’s familiar handwriting.
Someone else’s name and address was on the tag. Familiar, but I couldn’t quite place it. “Jon,” I called, “Do you know anyone who lived at 1001 East Maple Street?”
Jon came bounding in from the living room. “Sure,” he said. “My grandmother. She died before we met, though. How did you know her address?”
I showed him the tag. Immediately, he phoned his mother. “Yes, I remember a blue suitcase,” she said. “In fact, I still have the matching one that made up the set.”
Twenty years earlier, Jon’s mother had sold the suitcase at a garage sale to two strangers. My parents. Long before my first husband died, God had already chosen the man who would heal my lonely heart. It was all part of his loving plan.
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ABOUT PHIL BOLSTA
Phil is the author of Through God’s Eyes: Finding Peace and Purpose in a Troubled World, a comprehensive guide to living a spiritual life. Who will benefit from reading it?
Anyone who is on a spiritual path, or wants to start one
Anyone who loves life, or wants to learn how to
Anyone who is happy, or wants to be happier
Through God’s Eyes won first place in the “Spirituality and Inspirational” category at the San Diego Book Awards on June 22, 2013.
Here is a two-minute video introduction to Through God’s Eyes.
• an overview of the book
• the complete table of contents
• the Foreword by Caroline Myss
• my Introduction
• chapter excerpts
• a sample end-of-chapter story
• endorsements from authors and thought leaders
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In this eBook, you’ll find answers to questions like:
• What is the cornerstone of a spiritual life, and why?
• What is the secret to liberating yourself from other people’s judgments and expectations?
• Why is there an exception to “Everything happens for a reason”?
Those who worship logic instead of God are only half right. Not only is it logical to believe in God and to live a faith-based life, the existence of a loving, benevolent God that governs all creation is perhaps the only systematic worldview that explains every aspect of life.
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Phil is also the author of Sixty Seconds: One Moment Changes Everything, a collection of 45 inspiring, life-changing stories from prominent people he interviewed, including Joan Borysenko, Deepak Chopra, geneticist Dr. Francis Collins, acclaimed sportswriter Frank Deford, Dr. Larry Dossey, Wayne Dyer, Dan Millman, Caroline Myss, Dr. Christiane Northrup, Dr. Dean Ornish, Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen, Dr. Bernie Siegel, James Van Praagh, singer Billy Vera, Doreen Virtue, Neale Donald Walsch, and bassist Victor Wooten.
Reading this book is like spending a few minutes face to face with each of the contributors and listening to their personal stories. Click here to read unsolicited testimonials from readers. Learn more by visiting the official Sixty Seconds website.
Sixty Seconds was one of three finalists in the General Interest/How-To category at the 12th annual Visionary Awards presented by COVR (Coalition of Visionary Resources) in Denver on June 27, 2009.