I don’t believe in coincidence. I never have, and probably never will. I once heard the quote, “a coincidence is God’s way of remaining anonymous”, and I must say, that’s pretty much exactly how I feel. Now, everyone is entitled their opinion, but I believe, in my heart of hearts, that there is a purpose and a plan behind everything that happens to us in this life. Therefore, none of us meet by accident, or by chance. It’s all, for lack of a better phrase, “meant to be.” I absolutely love hearing how people meet, hearing their stories, hearing how events were orchestrated, how it all just comes together. And how God, in His divine goodness, oftentimes has a bigger and better plan than we could have ever imagined.
Some say it’s by accident. But I say that it’s 100%, solely and completely…divine intervention.
This particular “chance encounter” happened nearly five years ago, when Maddie attended her older sister’s basketball game. It didn’t take long for her eyes to rest on a handsome high school senior named Ben. An innocent glance quickly turned into a little crush, which subsequently became the running joke between all of her friends. After all, there was no way this would ever be more than infatuation. Right? Well, little did she know, he felt exactly the same way. They started a friendship, which slowly developed into a relationship. At the time, she was a freshman, he was a senior. Determined to make it work, they continued a long distance relationship for the next four years, as Ben finished college, and Maddie finished high school. It was a difficult road, with lots of challenges and obstacles along the way…but the strong foundation that they had built years before, carried them through. On January 28, 2017, one day before his 23rd birthday, that cute high school senior who was sitting across the gym from a googly-eyed freshman got down on one knee and asked the love of his life to spend forever with him. To spend every day by his side.
And she said…YES.
And the rest is history.
Another “coincidence” meeting. Another “chance love story” in the making.
And…you know what, God? You sure did good on this one.