As some of you will know, I’m what’s best described as an (occasionally) practising Christian. Just to get the joke out of the way early, I’ll keep practising and one day I hope to get it right! Yesterday I attended a Christening in a different Church to my usual one, and the sermon offered was about the topic of expectation; funnily enough, over the last 24 hours I found myself pondering a few issues around the topic of expectation – what I expected form others, and what others expected from me.
The funny thing is that this isn’t the first time that this has happened to me. Before I became a ‘regular’ attender at Church, I’d sometimes go on a whim and was quite surprised at how often the sermon or a reading in Church would provide me with insights in to whatever was uppermost in my mind at that time. Of course, I’m aware that there are any number of explanations for this sort of thing. The first is that I remember only the times when there was a relationship between my state of mind / concerns and the sermon given on a particular day. A second explanation is that I read more in to the sermon or reading that is actually warranted. And there are probably more….
But…it sometimes makes me wonder.
Whether coincidence, causality or synchronicity I do find the experience useful, and in many ways that’s all that counts. I get inspiration, guidance and intellectual provocation from what I hear at Church, as well as an affirmation of my faith. I sometimes wonder if these ‘coincidences’ are actually some sort of answer to prayers that I’ve not said out loud – they are often so very relevant and provide me with inspiration and insight to get stuff done.
As an aside, I just heard the following line of dialogue from the TV show ‘FlashForward’ that ‘What some people see as coincidence is actually God at work’.
Daft as it may sound, I think that’s a great point to finish this post.