There are events or occurrences in life that make us wonder if they are really coincidences or is God talking to us through "godwinks".
I have read a book titled "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 the 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 just had one. At a church fair recently, my eye spotted a necklace at the jewelry booth. It was a rose replica that was the exact design and material of a pin that my mother used to wear many years ago. Recently, too, I gave this pin to my sister because her middle name is Rose ~ the same as our mother's name. I had kept my mother's pin for over 20 years and this vintage necklace was the same style rose as hers.
I put the necklace down thinking that I would come back with my purse and buy it later.
I went back to the area where I was working with a church parishioner named Carly. Carly mentioned to me that day that her marriage broke up after over 20 years, and her husband was seeing someone else. She was going through a rough time. She felt that her faith was helping her through this stressful time by giving her signs that it would all work out. I mentioned the "When God Winks at You" book ~ how it might help her ~ and if I saw one I would pick it up for her.
An hour later, I took a lunch break and perused the used books tables 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 and brought it to her. She was surprised and thanked me profusely. We joked that 'it was a godwink"!
A short while later, I went back to the jewelry booth to see if the necklace was still there. It was off the display where it had been hanging. Feeling disappointed and turning to leave, 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, and I just said, "This is just like the rose that my mother used to wear." She told me to enjoy it as a gift from her.
Returning to the room I was working in, I told one of the ladies there what happened. Carly heard me and rushed over - she looked at the necklace and exclaimed, "That's the necklace I donated to the church for the fair!" A double godwink?
All throughout my lifetime, I experienced what my mother always said to me, "When you give someone something, you get it back threefold." This has always happened to me. Once I lent a dress to a neighbor who had even less at that time than I did. She was going to a wedding and I offered my dress to borrow. My mother had bought it for me (it was my only formal dress at the time).
The neighbor came over before the wedding, all dressed up in that dress and looked beautiful. It did such wonders for her esteem and she was so happy that when she returned it a few days later, I impulsively told her to keep it - that it looked much better on her.
A few days after that, my mother, who knew nothing of this, stopped by with three new party dresses for me that she happened to find on sale.
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 © November 2012