Saturday, December 22, 2012

It Just So Happened

It just so happened that the people who lived in our house before we did had terrible allergies. They just so happened to install a central vacuum system to keep allergens to a minimum. That system just so happened to need service when they owned the house.  That family just so happened to leave us meticulous service records when we moved in five years ago. The vacuum broke the week before Christmas and I just so happened to take it to the same service store the original people used.

At the shop, I just so happened to mention to the lady working that she was my second stop after seeing a friend's brand-new baby. The lady and I got to talking about the hope that new life brings, particularly a precious life that entered the world after Newtown. 

As we talked, the lady began to cry. Her own adult son died in a car accident three years ago. For a grieving mother, three years is a minute and a minute can be three years. I didn't know her son, but felt privileged to know of him, that he existed, that he mattered, and that he was loved.

The Holy Spirit just so happened to prompt me that this woman needed hope and comfort. And right there in that little vacuum shop, we just so happened to bow our heads and pray.

It just so happened.

"And he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us" Acts 17:26b-27.


  1. love this...and love divine appointments. way to keep your heart and mind open to God's encoournters.

  2. I love this, Holly. I love your heart. And I'm so glad that I just so happened to start reading your blog and I just so happened to find out we were pregnant one week apart and we just so happened to become friends in real life!

  3. My mother used to put it this way: "It Just So Happened..." Why the caps? Because that's another name for God! :) I'm so glad the Lord used you to give comfort to that woman.

    Angie in VA

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