Providence and Humility by Deb Waterbury

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Providence and Humility
Series: The Greatest of These is Love: A Study of Ruth
Dr. Deborah Waterbury
Ruth 2

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Teaching Notes:

How many times have we looked back at the way things have worked out in our lives and saw the apparent “coincidences” in them? Sometimes they’re almost laughable, aren’t they?

I remember when I was teaching at Catalina Foothills High School in Tucson, Arizona. That district is very “higher education” minded, so all of its teachers were expected to get higher degrees as soon as possible. I was aware of this requirement, so I knew I needed to do so. At the time, I was steeped in my own sin and the wayward paths I had chosen. However, just as I decided to start looking into an on-line option to a Master’s Degree, I got a pamphlet in my box at school. It was a pamphlet to Grand Canyon University, a school I’d heard of but knew nothing about.

This pamphlet was announcing its new Masters in the Art of Teaching Degree, something I hadn’t seen anywhere else. Most schools offered Masters in Education or Education Administration, neither of which appealed to me. But a Master in Teaching… that sounded interesting.

So, I looked into it, got accepted and began working toward the degree. I hit my spiritual turning point about 6 months later. It was then that I happened to find out that Grand Canyon is a Christian university. I hadn’t known that before.

Anyway, I finished my degree in a couple of years and continued teaching high school, unaware of where God was going to take me. I asked the receptionist one day at school who had placed the pamphlet in my box, since no one else got one. She didn’t have any idea what I was talking about.

That Masters in Teaching was what God intended for me because of where He was taking me. Coincidence had nothing to do with it. I didn’t coincidentally end up with anything. It was all providence.

Do you believe that? Do you believe that there truly aren’t any coincidences? Because if you don’t, then your fundamental view of God will be flawed, and peace will continue to be just out of your reach.

Webster’s dictionary definition of coincidence is:

“The occurrence of events that happen at the same time by accident but seem to have some connection.”

One of the commentators I read said he believed in “coincidences;” he simply didn’t believe in “mere coincidences.” I have to disagree. I don’t think there are even coincidences if we use the definition from Webster’s. Nothing happens by accident. We simply cannot understand the purpose for God’s re ...


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