“Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” (Luke 12:6–7, NIV 1984).
My Musings – Chance. Something that happens unpredictably without discernible intention or observable cause. Coincidence. A remarkable concurrence of events or circumstances without apparent causal connection. Random. Made, done, happening, or chosen without method or conscious decision. Odds. The probability that one thing is so or will happen rather than another.
I heard the muffled pop as I turned onto the entrance ramp to the interstate highway. The thought immediately occurred to me that I had blown a tire. But then nothing happened. So I thought nothing of it and continued on my way to work, driving “every bit” the 70 mph speed limit. It wasn’t until I was about fifteen miles on my way that the warning light flashed on indicating low pressure in my rear left tire. Pulling off the interstate and into a service station I exited the car and saw the screw protruding form the tire. Yep, that’s it in the picture above. Still being closer to home than I was to work, I re-inflated the tire, turned around and headed back to my car dealership, stopping once more to re-inflate the tire before reaching the dealership safely.
Well, that’s how my day started yesterday. So what do you think the odds are that my great big car would find that little bitty screw on that wide road? Chance? Coincidence? Random? Not likely. Inconvenient? For sure. Late for work, putting me behind. Costly? You bet. That little bitty screw will cost me over $170 to replace the tire. End of the world? Not even close. But if even the very hairs on my head are numbered, why didn’t my tire miss the screw? I haven’t a clue. Could God have prevented it? Certainly. Why didn’t he? Again, I haven’t a clue. What I am pretty sure of is that it wasn’t chance, coincidence or random. Odds had nothing to do with it. There was a reason for it. Was it a test of how I would respond? Maybe. How we respond to little things, and believe me this was a little thing, prepares us to respond to bigger things.
My Advice – Take things in stride and trust God in the little things. There are bound to be bigger things that we will need to be trained to respond to.