So is it just coincidence or something more? I like to think that these experiences, also known as “Godwinks”, “Synchronicity”, or an “Answered Prayer” are the universe giving us a sign that we are on the right path, we’re doing ok and that someone is watching over us and giving us the validation we crave.
Squire Rushness, author of “When God Winks: How the Power of Coincidence Guides Your Life”, coined the phrase “godwink” and defines it as: “A personal signal or message directly from a higher power, usually but not always, in the form of a coincidence.”
In times of UNCERTAINTY what we desire more than anything else is CERTAINTY. Certainty that our families are safe. Certainty that we won't get downsized or that we'll have enough in the checkbook to make it through the month. We crave certainty when we get a scary medical report. And we long for certainty in our relationships.
It's during times of uncertainty that we especially need to get connected to our faith. We need to believe that our lives are not random like twigs floating on a stream to destinations unknown. Instead, we need to know that we all have a greater purpose; that someone really is up there watching over us and we're always on an incredible GPS...what I call God's Positioning System™...never alone. To me, the best thing about godwinks is that they are TANGIBLE SIGNPOSTS along our way, giving us hope, replacing uncertainty with a genuine feeling of CERTAINTY that everything is going to be okay!
As I reflect back on my life, I can think of several times when I was faced with making a decision that would bring my life in a new direction. I was desperate for someone to give me the answer, to make the decision for me. I would put my question out in the universe and ask for a sign to reassure me I was making the right decision. Oftentimes I would get one, in the form of a bizarre coincidence. You have to really pay attention because you will get an answer. Sometimes they are subtle and sometimes very obvious. Even with the obvious ones, it’s so easy to say “nah, that was just a random coincidence”. But was it?
Let me give you a recent example. Last June I enrolled in the Martha Beck Life Coach training program. I believe my true calling and life purpose is to help other people navigate their life’s journey by using their own inner wisdom. While I inherently know this is the right path for me, it’s not an easy road, there are many obstacles I need to overcome to make a career as a Life Coach. I usually take a few breaks during my normal work day and go for a quick walk around the block to clear my mind and get a little exercise. One morning I asked the universe for a sign to validate I am on the right path. I wanted to be specific enough so I could be sure it was real. I asked to find a penny while on my daily walk that day. Little did I know it was going to rain all day so I wasn’t able to walk. Honestly I completely forgot about my request. That evening I was scrolling through my facebook newsfeed and this just jumped right out at me:
My heart started beating really fast. I just got a god wink!! I hadn’t seen that posting on facebook before that day and haven’t seen it since, only on the very day I made a request to find a penny. Wow!
The next day I started to question it all again, so I asked to see a dragonfly on my daily walk. Sure enough, two blue dragonflies flew right in front of me.
God winks at you too! You may find the right job suddenly falls in your lap, or the perfect partner shows up through unexpected events just when you have given up on dating. Or suddenly you come into some unexpected money just when you need it most.
I would love to hear your stories, tell me about your God winks…please share them here or on my facebook page.