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When God winks

Twice in the last 48 hours God has winked at me. They were wry little winks – ones of the sort that I might normally miss.
This evening a friend who I haven’t heard from in months and months texted me and said I’d been on his heart and that “Our Papa” put me there. This afternoon I thought of my friend and two nights ago he was in a dream I had – first one I ever remember him guest starring in – and last night I picked up The Shack, the little book that is making referring to God as “Papa” all the rage.
This evening, another conversation with another friend was deeply encouraging to me. She referenced a particular book that proved to be very helpful in helping me develop a book project I’m considering.
Little things. Tiny things. Things certainly explainable by chance or quarks or quacks. But things too that have the distinct feel of winks from God. It is all a matter a choice really. Do I choose to believe that God winks? Or do I choose to believe everything is a matter of science and that’s that. I choose winks no matter how naive or how much of a simpleton that might make me.

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posted July 21, 2008 at 8:05 am

Don’t knock quarks.
If God (who is Love) somehow withdrew his presence from creation, would the electrons stay in their orbits? Or would the entire creation simply collapse at a subatomic level? Because I’m not a deist, I believe the latter.
“Chance” is just a word for things we don’t understand, and perhaps aren’t meant to understand. I don’t know if God willed the coincidences you describe; it’s one of those things we aren’t meant to know. But if they gave rise to a leading from the Spirit, then what difference does it make? Yes, God winks.
Good to have you back, David.

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posted July 21, 2008 at 8:06 am

God winks at simpletons most often, I think.

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posted July 21, 2008 at 8:40 am

While living in Ghana, I saw God “winking” a lot more there than I do here in Canada. As a culture, we’ve either learned to live without God or house him in a separate compartment, pulling him out when we need him.
I suppose we can discern whether they are winks by how the spirit uses them to deepen our love for and commitment to God/people.

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Brian Horan aka New Age Cowboy

posted July 21, 2008 at 6:27 pm

I’ve been getting free daily messages from Conversations With God author, Neale Donald Walsch (who happens to be a Beliefnet Blogger), and I gotta say that the timing of a lot of ’em is incredible.
I do think it’s worthwhile to look for those little winks too. And if New Age stuff ain’t your trick, well that’s okay too.
Didn’t Jesus urge us to be vigilant? Didn’t he say the day of the Lord is at hand? Heck, I think in Luke he even said that the kingdom of God is within.

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posted July 21, 2008 at 10:27 pm

I’m so glad you’re writing again. You have been in our prayers.

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posted July 22, 2008 at 9:46 am

You have made such an impact on my life David, that I feel your presence every day. You must have a decent wink yourself.

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posted July 22, 2008 at 10:51 am

donny, it’s good to see you back too. How’s the family?

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