Cal Lord: Unexpected blessing a reminder God is watching out for us
Some people would have thought it was a coincidence. Not me. I have come to understand that this is how God works.
I was feeling pretty blue because I was facing a tough week. I woke up early that day and decided to go to the Monday morning meeting of the Norwich Sunshine Rotary Club.
That’s when I received my blessing. “Frank” (not his real name) got up and greeted everyone. As part of the exercise, he was called on to share something about himself that no one knew. He proceeded to tell us of the the time he got arrested for breaking his dog out of the city dog pound.
The story was hilarious. It had been a long time since I’d laughed so hard. It felt good. It was just what I needed to start this difficult week. As I left, I was glad I decided to go to the meeting on the spur of the moment.
That’s when I began to look back at the series of unrelated events that led up to my decision to go to that meeting. The last piece of the puzzle was meeting Dr. Mary Anne Nardone, former principal of the Greeneville School and longtime member of the Sunrise club.
We bumped into each other down in Westerly at the Bless our Beach Ceremony on Saturday. It was great. We talked about Norwich and the Rotary Club. Then she told me she was living down by the shore and we parted. But the seed had been planted.
The seed sprouted. I woke on Monday and decided to head over to the Rotary meeting. I can’t help but smile when I think about it again. I was blessed. That’s often how God works. He sets up a series of divine appointments that build on each other to lead us to a place of blessing.
I think that’s God’s way of setting us up in spite of ourselves. Like bread crumbs along the trail, they lead us to God’s doorstep so he can give us what we need for that moment. Those unexpected blessings come out of the blue, but they remind me that we have someone looking out for us.
That’s the message of this season of Advent. God loves us, and he will always be with us. We just have to look around. When we do, we will find him in those strange, unexpected coincidences that are nothing of the kind.
God bless. See you in church.
The Rev. Cal Lord is a Norwich, Conn., resident and serves as pastor at Central Baptist Church of Westerly. Reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.