Often, when we look back at our lives, we will see strange coincidences that came at meaningful times in our life. That person you met, show you watched, book you read, something you overheard that serendipitously was just what you needed in that moment. My pastor calls these God winks. It feels like someone is watching over you and caring.
Of course, these could be just coincidental. But they are important, pivotal, coincidences.
Emma Thompson puts it this way:
I think books are like people, in the sense that they’ll turn up in your life when you most need them. After my father died, the book that sort of saved my life was Gabriel García Márquez’s novel One Hundred Years of Solitude. Because of that experience, I firmly believe there are books whose greatness actually enables you to live, to do something. And sometimes, human beings need story and narrative more than they need nourishment and food.Emma Thompson in @oprah’s O Magazine.
The most important thing is having the eyes to recognize the impact and the willingness to be open to change and growth.
God winks are everywhere if you develop the eyes to see them.