Several posts ago (Isn't Anything Too Trivial For God?) I posted about coincidence, prayer, life micromanagement and such. Now two things have happened:
One - I was making dinner and for some reason started thinking about my parents, their deteriorating health, my son's very close relationship with my father. I started feeling all teary imagining having to inform my son when my dad dies, I can't imagine how he'll react, I wondered if he may even do something drastic to escape the grief.
Well, there was no real reason to be feeling like this, yes it will happen, maybe soon, hopefully not. But I was feeling so teary and upset that I walked outside so that neither of my boys would come down and ask me what was wrong in case I actually told them. Know what I walked out to find? A little eight year old boy was heading out into traffic to kill himself, his friends were crying and scared. (He's "okay" now, I stayed until the kids got his mother.)
Doesn't it sound like that was directed?
Then another coincidence, much smaller. My son was asking for a name for a game he was playing, I said Melinda. I don't know anyone by that name, it's just a name out of life in general, one I didn't think he would have used yet. Then I turned the page in the book I was reading - a new character named Melinda was introduced! Coincidence sometimes IS just coincidence. Of course, if I meet a Melinda in the next few days I may change my mind entirely...