I was so excited when I read these posts by Mary and Ginger this week because I had a PERFECT God experience to illustrate that GOD (not luck) is involved in the small details of life.
The lady standing in this picture with our family is Mary Jane....
Mary Jane came into Sunday School this week and sat to my left. The SS teacher started with an icebreaker to encourage us to meet new ladies in the group. We were supposed to ask someone we didn't know where they were born, their favorite color, and another question that I don't remember because we didn't make it past #1. Mary Jane and I never met before. We introduced ourselves, and the conversation went something like this...
MJ: "I am from Pennsylvania."
me: "Really! I am from PA too. I am from sjdkfsldjf county."
MJ: "You have got to be kidding me! I am from sjdkfsldjf county too!!!"
(can you see where this is going?...)
me: "Wow! I am from ________(small town)"
MJ: (with a stunned look on her face) "I was born and raised in that town! What is your maiden name? What family are you from?"
me: I told her my parents and grandparents' names.
MJ: Her eyes lit up and she said, "Fay (my aunt) is my best friend! Didn't she throw a going away party for you and your husband before you left for Korea?"
MJ: "I was THERE just before you arrived that day! I live in Indiana now, but I was in town for a visit, and I went to see Fay, and she told me all about you."
Last summer, when my aunt threw that party for us, Mary Jane had no idea that she would be coming to Korea. So, she didn't really pay attention to the country where we were going. She is here for two months, teaching with Word of Life Ministries. We went on to discover that she went to church in PA with another aunt/uncle of mine, Wilbur and Rachel. She was supposed to be traveling and almost didn't come to our church this week, but her plans fell through and she felt like God had a special blessing for her there. It is AMAZING to me that God put all those little details in place for us to meet on this side of the globe. Even the fact that the leader chose that question for us for this particular week (last week was name your favorite dessert).
It really is a small world, and we really do serve a big God.