Recently (during the Super Bowl, no less), a friend related a story told by Sinclair Ferguson, of which I don’t remember many details (I have a terrible memory) (I also love to use parenthetical statements). The story involved a chance meeting between two very different men at an airport who subsequently hit it off. Near the end of their conversation, one commented about how God’s Providence was so great to have facilitated the meeting. The other replied that if they hadn’t met, it would have still been by God’s Providence.
This anecdote served as a good reminder that God has ordained even the seemingly routine, mundane, or unspectacular events of our lives to be agents of our conformity to the image of Christ. It’s not just the coincidental or big events that the Almighty uses for our good (though those are definitely used by Him and easily seen by us). But we are to praise and thank Him for even the small, non-coincidental, regular things as part of His providential purposes.
“And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified. What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?” Romans 8:28-31