In recent months I've had quite a few moments of "spiritual serendipity" - coincidental events that, upon further reflection, were personal affirmations and encouragement from above. Countless people have had such experiences and I strongly believe that it's just one way God confirms that He really exists and that He maintains an interactive relationship with the Faithful; it's not a one-sided relationship, at all, when it comes to our faith-relationship with the Lord. He's truly alive and he's concerned with our concerns.
In the two recent serendipitous moments I decided to share below, I was actually able to capture something concrete, via photos I took at the time. Our Lady's intercession was involved and it just goes to show how interactive she is, as well, with us - her spiritual children. I expect that most people will probably judge me a fool or not "all there"... or maybe both, but it's all fine with me. What matters to me is that I got something positive out of these experiences... and who knows? There may be a reader out there who receives a needed spiritual affirmation, as well.
After the Mass finished I walked out to my car and happened to look up into the sky to admire the bright blue sky... and there I saw it - a ghostly figure that stood out like a sore thumb among the wispy clouds and it looked remarkably like a common depiction of the Blessed Virgin. In fact, Our Lady of Fatima instantly came to mind since the image closely resembled a Fatima statue with its long white veil and hands joined together in prayer, just minus the large crown. It was all so clear... plus it held its form until I finally took a photo! Incidentally, this year marks the 100th anniversary of the 1917 Fatima apparitions and I'm happy to report that my parish has been diligently exercising a First Saturday Rosary Devotion, uninterrupted, for 6+ years.
the Fatima shrine in Portugal for comparison. The resemblance is striking.
But if we view life's many moments through the eyes of faith and, are open to God's limitless possibilities, we may just recognize that certain oddball moments are indeed instances of "spiritual serendipity" - little signs or reminders from Heaven - that are timely... wondrous... affirmative... encouraging... enlightening... and definitely meaningful. We just need to always remember - anything is possible when it comes to God... and "all things work together for good" for those who love Him.
Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge.
There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard.
Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world."
~ Psalm 19:1-4