Serendipity, the occurance of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way. Hmmm, by chance you say? I don’t believe it, nor do I believe in coincidence. Don’t misunderstand. I love it when some positive unexpected occurance or thing shows up, but I don’t believe these things just happen. I believe they are orchestrated by God.

Our Lord loves to give gifts to his children, especially little surprises that bring joy to a our day. When you are out shopping and you run into a friend, it is not a coincidence but a planned incidence by a Father who sees our need for connection. You may be surprised and pleased to find money in an old purse, and think you had just forgotten it. But God has you discover it, at just the right time, to cover an expense or to just bless you. Have you ever listened to a sermon and believed it was meant just for you? Did the Pastor know what you needed to hear or did God?

“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and to not harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11

A huge example of divine serendipity was the discovery of my husband’s kidney cancer. He was seeing a neurologist for neuropathy in his feet. The doctor wanted to make sure he had no impingements in his spinal column and ordered a MRI. The MRI showed a large tumor on one of his kidneys, which was deemed cancerous. You may think this was far from good news, but the cancerous tumor was encapsulated and although the kidney was also removed, the cancer had not spread. There had been no symptoms that would have alerted us that the kidney was diseased, so this unexpected diagnosis was a blessing.

Another example of divine serendipity was when we discovered our house. We had been working with a lovely realtor and were supposed to meet with her, at a specific time. She was delayed, so, in the meantime, we decided to look at some open houses. This one particular house had the most beautiful white kitchen and bright white floors, so different than the dark trailer we had been living in for four years. Our realtor was not in favor of us buying this house. If she had been with us, she may never had shown it to us. Coincidence? Perhaps, but you will never convince me of that.

So, the next time you experience serendipity consider that someone is looking out for you, directing you, comforting you, or blessing you.

Published by Sheila Scherlin

I am a retired special needs teacher originally from Massachusetts, now residing in Arizona. My husband and I each have three adult children and many grandchildren and some great grandchildren. My passions are singing, single action cowboy shooting, writing and my faith in Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior. I have danced and acted, on stage and in competitions, but swim aerobics is the closest I come to dance, at this stage. My husband and I travel back east, every summer, to be with our families. I adore our grandchildren and wish we lived closer to them, year round.

2 thoughts on “Serendipity

  1. Many, many times have I experienced Serendipity in my life. What looked like the worst, always turned out to be for the best. “Lo, I guide thee all the way. Rest thou in me, ” is my favorite Bible verse. I believe that there are no coincidences in life either. God has it all planned out, & helps us all along the way, but only if we want Him, too. Great article, Sheila. It’s a keeper.


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