In my life, it seems that some of the most important events and turning points happened seemingly quite inadvertently. The way I met my husband was quite likely- and depended on many coincidences occurring together. My eating lunch at a different time, the cafeteria being crowded, my being at a table that had empty seats, he and his buddy speaking a different language, my being curious enough to ask and then meeting again, quite accidentally in a store, looking at pens and pencils when I should have been in the library, researching my term paper.
And again, how our children turn out. Most parents do the best they can. Some are better informed than others. But kids all have different strengths and weaknesses and different personalities and chemistry. I felt so grateful last weekend after I figured out that some medicine prescribed for a medical problem was making me feel angry and depressed and how grateful I was that I didn't feel like that all the time.
And one of my best friends....I just happened to meet her when our kids were swimming near one another at a pool. And even at a recent doctor's appointment...when my doctor almost did not perform a particular test, did so, and noticed something a bit off, and mentioned it. Led to the revelation that part of my body chemistry is way out of whack. Thankfully, it is now in the process of being corrected. But that inadvertent discovery could make a great difference in both the length of and the quality of my life.
I can go on and on. But, it just seems to reinforce something Thomas Merton wrote years ago in New Seeds of Contemplation:,
“What is serious to men is often very trivial in the sight of God. What in God might appear to us as "play" is perhaps what he Himself takes most seriously.