I'm enjoying Kelly Minter's Ruth: Loss, Love, Legacy studied by followers of the LPM Blog.
Minter tells about God's hand on events in Ruth's life (Ruth 2:3-4); the Hebrew phrase call it "a stroke of luck" but we are led to consider "the invisible hand of Yahweh". We are asked to reflect upon evidence of His Providence. I always remember back to the month I received my degree in education.
In the morning, I would get up before 6 AM, drive to central Maryland to leave my signed teaching contract, drive on to Indiana for a summer job, and then back to Maryland in the fall to begin full-time teaching.
The night before, Sue asked me if I would drive her things over to her friends' home to store for the summer. We loaded up my car and went to Dona's home.
When we arrived, I walked up the driveway, stuck out my hand, and introduced myself. This was rare for me. Due to my shyness, I was content to simply smile and say "hi." Besides, my maiden name was unusual and hard for strangers to pronounce correctly, so why bother? Dona would never see me again anyway. But, I went ahead and told her my first and last name.
After Dona calmed down, wiping away her tears of laughter, she said, "I am supposed to call you first thing tomorrow morning to come in for an interview. I'm Dr. H's secretary." A job interview at the school I really wanted! My first thought: I would have already left the house when she called in the morning.
I postponed my trip to Indiana. Dona called, I went in for the interview, got the job, taught five years in the new school in Washington, D.C., and met my future husband on campus.
That was God's invisible finger poking me in the back, "Girl, go up the driveway and introduce yourself!"