I don’t believe in coincidences, in fact I never have. Far too often it seems that due to our refusal to acknowledge the miraculous, mysterious or supernatural in our lives, we fall back on the tried and true explanations of something either being a fluke, a quirk, or a happenstance.
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t believe in hyper spiritualizing everything either. If I’m in a restaurant, ask the waitress for a coke, and she brings me a diet coke, I don’t automatically think it was a message from on High. Maybe the waitress thought I could lose a couple pounds, maybe it just slipped her mind.
There has to be a balance, a happy median in our spiritual journey between believing that the world is all so much laundry set on the spin cycle and that if my car won’t start on the first try on a cold winter’s morning it was a clear message that I should barricade myself in my apartment and not hazard stepping outside for the rest of the day.
Since I am currently in Romania there was a big hubbub here a few days ago concerning a partial solar eclipse that was readily visible throughout Europe and part of Asia. It was on the same day that I started reading reports of birds dropping out of the sky, and dead fish washing up on shore in Arkansas. Independent of each other these stories would not have given me reason for pause, and even clumped together would have stirred little interest if in my evening meditation the previous night I hadn’t been reading a passage out of the gospel according to Luke.
Luke 21:25-26, ‘And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon, and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring; men’s hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of heaven will be shaken.”
I don’t know, perhaps I’ve fallen into the snare of hyper spiritualizing something that really ought not to be, but as I read the reports on the birds, the fish, and the eclipse, this passage in Luke kept ringing in my ears.
What I do know with certainty is that the times of which Christ prophesied are almost upon us, and in that season of men’s hearts failing them from fear, and the powers of heaven being shaken, there is only one refuge, one comfort, one source of peace, and that is Jesus.
With love in Christ,
Michael Boldea Jr.