|In the Waiting Room - Looking for guidance|
|Thursday, March 06, 2014 9:21 PM|
I recently became aware of a series of books written by Squire Rushnell called “When God Winks.” The books describe different experiences that people have had where a “coincidence” has changed their life. He calls these moments ‘Godwinks’ and he describes how he feels these moments as small gifts from God.
I find this idea both fascinating and comforting. There have been many moments in my life where I have experienced an event that could be considered merely a coincidence but seems like so much more. For instance, at the beginning of January I found myself needing to drive home from Grand Rapids during the polar vortex when the freeways were snow-covered and icy. I was in an unfamiliar area and many of the roads were closed, so I was relying on my GPS for guidance. Unfortunately, my phone had been giving me problems and would suddenly go dead without warning.
I remember setting my GPS that morning and saying a prayer to God to please not let my phone go dead today because I really needed it. I drove through many twists and turns for several hours traveling slowly through many unfamiliar roads praying a silent rosary as I drove. I remember letting out a sigh of relief when I finally reached an area of the drive when I knew that I knew the rest of the way home and didn’t have to rely on my GPS anymore and said “Thank you, Jesus.”
At that moment as I looked at my GPS, the phone went dead. People can say that it was a coincidence but I know that God traveled with me that day. He made sure that He got me to a place where I was safe by providing the literal guidance that I needed.
Godwinks. It is a perfect word. Those moments in your life when He lets you know “Yes, I am here and I am paying attention.” I was always taught and have always believed that while we have free rein to make our own choices in life, we do have a larger purpose for being here.
Sometimes we get so caught up in a certain plan we have for our life that we don’t always leave ourselves open for outside guidance. For instance, when I was younger and sure I wanted to be a doctor, I took the necessary classes and studied hard. I sent off my applications and I waited. While my other classmates waited anxiously and worried about getting in, I felt at ease. Not because I was certain that I would get in but because I knew that if it was meant to be, I would get in. If I didn’t get in, it wasn’t the path God meant for me to take.
On the other hand, even if God’s plan was for me to be a doctor, I wouldn’t have become one if I hadn’t worked towards that goal.
We have free will, God doesn’t force us down a particular pathway, but he does make sure the pathway is clear. We just have to pay attention to the guideposts. You can be sure He is paying attention and if you let Him, He will get you where you need to go.
Dr. Celeste Lopez graduated cum laude from The University of Utah College of Medicine. She completed her Pediatric residency training at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan. She is certified with The American Board of Pediatrics since 1992. In 2003 she moved her practice, Wishing Well Pediatrics, to Delphos. She is the proud mother of a 14-year-old son.