I hope you'll bear with me as I share a rather long story.
My husband and I recently retunred from a trip only to discover water damage in our downstairs bathroom. A call to the plumber later, we learned that our hot water heater was leaking. It had not yet burst but was on its way to that disaster. The plumber returned. As it happened, Larry was at home, having not gone to work because of a cold. Together, he and the plumber took out the old water heater and replaced it with the new one.
In doing so, they accidentally broke something off the air-conditioning unit. That resulted in a call to an electrician. (As Matlock said, "Ain't nothin' ever easy.") The electrician repaired the part and went on his way.
As Larry put away tools in the garage, he noticed that the circuit breaker box was smoking. He called the electrician, who quickly returned. They determined that the wires had corroded over time and were now exposed. (They also determined that this was unrelated to the other problem.)
So why am I sharing this convoluted story?
If we had not discovered water damage, we wouldn't have called the plumber who discovered that the water heater was leaking. If the AC part hadn't broken during the installation of the new water heater, we wouldn't have had the electrician come. If Larry hadn't been home from work with a cold, he wouldn't have discovered the smoking circuit breaker. If the electrician hadn't been close by, he wouldn't have been able to return within minutes and replace the stripped wires. If the wires hadn't been replaced, a fire could easily have started and burned down the house.
You may say this is simply a case of coinicidence. Maybe. But Larry and I both believe we were blessed immeasurably. We believe God arranged this sequence of events to prevent a possible house fire and destruction of everything.
This I know for sure: God is always present in our lives, whether or not we have the wisdom to sense that Presence.