One of the activities we could do for the SoulPerSuit study of Esther (see below) was create a piece of art the size of a playing card that shared a “coincidence” from your own experience that can only be attributed to God.
So my card is this. It pictures two friends, which are Sandi and moi. On the left is writing (her writing, actually). On the right are happy flowers. On the rick rack above our heads are these words: “what started with words bloomed into friendship.”
Sandi and I met by “coincidence” at what was then called Creekside Bible Fellowship in Rowlett, Texas. Our family was new to the area and visiting churches. Creekside, on our first Sunday there, had a meal after church and they invited us to stay. I sat right next to Sandi who asked me a few questions, one of which was something about what I did or what I wanted to do.
“I want to be a writer,” I said.
I nodded. I told her my writing journey thus far. She said something like, “It is my passion to mentor other writers!” Turns out she was (is) the Editor of Dallas Seminary’s award-winning Kindred Spirit magazine and had written several nonfiction books and novels.
In trepidation, I sent her my writing.
She sent it back with a few comments–all helpful, all encouraging.
That chance meeting not only changed my writing career (if you could call it that then) and my life. God knew we needed each other. He knit our hearts together over the next four years so much so that when I moved to France I felt like a part of my heart had been ripped away. We talk on the phone frequently, and almost always we cry. God orchestrated a chance meeting at an after-church meal to introduce me to one of the most precious people in my life.
Sandi, I love you.