Some time ago I read a book entitled “When God Winks at You” by SQuire Rushnell. It is a great, little 232-page book of short stories about famous and not-so-famous persons who experience what they believe are “special messages from God ~ a Godwink ~ to let them know that He’s there and that He’s listening”. And maybe telling you something.
Sometimes it’s directed to a person and sometimes it’s through others. We all experience these moments – a connection through someone or a chance occurrence that makes one think, “that was strange.” We can learn to recognize and appreciate them as messages – if we only keep our minds, eyes and heart open to them.
I experienced one. A good friend who was going through a stressful time wasn’t thinking clearly and felt that God wasn’t listening to her or giving her any paths to follow. I told her about the Godwinks book – how it was comforting – and said I could get a copy for her. She was agreeable.
Later that same day, I was going to a thrift shop to drop off some things. When I got there, my eye spotted a necklace at the jewelry booth. It was a rose replica of the exact design, color and material of a pin that my mother used to wear many years ago. It was given to me after her death. I had kept this special pin for many years and recently gave it to my sister because her middle name is Rose ~ the same as our mother’s name. I looked at the necklace a long time and then put the necklace back on the display thinking that I would come back and buy it after my drop off.
When I was finished, I turned around and noticed a books for sale table and the first book I saw was “When God Winks at You”. Thinking this was a Godwink as I had just mentioned it, I purchased it for my friend. Behind me was the jewelry booth and I decided to look at the necklace again. It was off the display where it had been hanging. Feeling disappointed and turning to leave, for some reason, I looked down and there was the necklace at the tip of my shoe. I picked it up and marvelled that it was not only still there ~~ but right in front of me. I just stared at it.
The seller looked at me and asked if something was wrong. I said, “This is just like the rose that my mother used to wear.” She told me to enjoy it as a gift from her.
Feeling uplifted, I put the necklace on thinking it wasn’t just a coincidence that I had ‘found’ it. I stopped by my friend’s house to give her the book. When she opened the door, she looked at me and my necklace and exclaimed, “That’s the necklace I donated to the school’s fund-raising project!!” A double Godwink?
I never think about getting something in return when I give, but it always happens in some way. I gave my sister my mother’s rose and I got my mother’s rose back. A coincidence or a Godwink?
Marie Coppola © July 2017