In the past week or so, I’ve unexpectedly run into more people than usual.
I walk with my neighbor friend sometimes, but twice this week we found each other on the trail coincidentally.
In our building, I can go days without seeing anyone else who lives here, but in the past few days, I’ve had conversations (beyond a polite nod or hello) with two neighbors I don’t normally see.
I saw an acquaintance I don’t know well as I was pulling up to the post office and got a chance to begin building a friendship.
I don’t want to make more out of these chance meetings than they were, but the frequency did catch my attention and make me think of a few things:
- Unexpected meetings can be awkward, especially for introverts, but the connection is worth it.
- Whether it’s awkward or not, you can never go wrong by smiling a lot. Whenever I don’t know what to say, or when the other person is talking, I give the biggest, brightest smile I can. Nothing says I like you and I’m happy to see you like a smile.
- Seeing someone who recognizes me reminds me that I’m not alone in the world, and that I’m connected to more people than I often realize.
- I don’t bump into anyone sitting at home. It’s easy to not leave my house some days, especially since I work from home, but I don’t get a chance to bump into anyone there.
- There’s something unique and special about seeing someone face to face that’s missing on a phone call or text.
- Maybe it’s not a coincidence. It probably is most of the time, but not always.
God often answers prayers through other people. You might be praying for a new job, but when God answers that prayer it’s going to be a person that offers you the job. Here’s the really awesome part: you might be the one with the answer! You don’t know someone else’s thoughts and prayers, but you might be in their path at the right time.
Do you like running into people you know? Have you ever given or received an opportunity or blessing that wasn’t coincidental after all?