Serendipity or God works in mysterious ways

God works in mysterious ways.

q400A fortnight ago I boarded a plane for Sydney in order to speak at the Managers Conference for Koorong Books. They wanted me to speak devotionally and to share about Hope Beyond Cure. My plans had been to shut my eyes and add a little sleep after what had been a very busy fortnight in New Zealand. But it wasn’t to be.

The woman in the seat beside me asked what I would be doing in Sydney. I replied that I was planning to speak at a conference about ‘How to find hope in the face of a terminal diagnosis’. At this she choked up, and began to share with me that her husband had died only weeks before. Her grief was palpable as she described the heartache and devastation on her family.

She asked my how I came to be speaking on this topic and I shared that I’d received a terminal lung cancer diagnosis a few years back. We talked for a while and shared a connection through the heaviness of our conversation. I wanted to be able to offer her a copy of my book, but I didn’t have one with me. Why would I? I was off to Koorong Books!

As the flight continued, we talked through many shared experiences. I told her of my struggle with cancer and also the challenges to my faith in God. As I described the context of my circumstances, something clicked for her, and she asked me whether I had written a book.

“Yes”, I said.

“Is it just a small book?”

“With a black cover?”

“With a picture of someone in a tunnel?”

“Yep, that’s it”, I said.

When hearing of her husband’s diagnosis, her aunt had sent her a copy of Hope Beyond Cure, which she then read to her husband each day in hospital. They both found it encouraging and hope-filling. She said that she wasn’t religious, but something deep struck a chord with them.

She wept at the serendipity of sitting beside me in the plane. Who’d have thought? What were the chances? She asked if we could get a photo together to show her aunt. She lives in Victoria, but her aunt lives close to us and works in the local Op Shop. I’ve since popped into the Op Shop, met her aunt, and thanked her for sending the book.

I continue to thank God that this book is helping people. And I thank him for connecting the two of us on the plane.

5 thoughts on “Serendipity or God works in mysterious ways”

  1. Thanks David,
    I had a remarkably similar experience about a dozen years ago on a flight back from Bali when the lady who sat beside me was accompanying her husband’s coffin back to Melbourne following his fatal surfing accident. I really felt that it was not just chance but a God inspired time that answered the prayers of the relatives who were waiting for her at the airport.

  2. Wow what an amazing “God-incidence” that she started that conversation with you. Isn’t God amazing how he continues to use your wonderful book to bring hope to the hurting. God Bless you Dave as you continue to minister to those around you, even when you need a sleep 🙂

  3. It was so encouraging to read that God uses people like you and the lady’s aunt, Dave. God bless you both. The Anglican bishop of North West Australia had to travel a lot on planes and I can remember him telling someone beside him that his dad was in real estate – he owned the cattle on a thousand hills.

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