Do you believe in fate? Coincidence? Full divine providence? Or maybe a combination? In religious circles a good many people believe God is controlling our lives, in that there are no coincidences. I’m not delving into whether God can do this, or has the right. Rather what is the case.
For me, I don’t think God has written our every step and interaction. I think that for the most part, we live in a state where God does not intervene. I think he does, but it’s not as often as some religious adherents would believe.
Let me offer a vague example. Say there’s a situation where it would seem things have been going on too long. However, two new doors had opened. One door was shut by something outside your control, and the other, which came after the one closes, appears to be wide open and a much better option.
Now, if God is micromanaging, the situation which is dragging has not been in vain as it appears. The closed door which you were looking forward to was merely to allow you to take the latter open door which seems like a much better fit. All part of the plan.
Conversely, this could all be a massive coincidence. However, there’s another way to look at it. Say the first situation is where you should remain, and taking the new opportunity is wrong or even sinful. This would mean it’s not God steering you through the new door.
What’s your take? How do you feel about coincidences? How unlikely does a series of events need to be before you’re willing to ascribe it to divine intervention or fate?