August 19, 2014

You’re Not Here By Chance

Nothing is a coincidence.

It’s not a coincidence that while unpacking some of the first boxes in our new apartment, I found this: A painting I bought in Uganda about 4 years ago.


“Just Think:
You’re not here by chance
But by God choosing.
His hand formed you and made you the person you are.
He compares you to no one else –
You are one of a kind.
You lack nothing that His grace can’t give you.
He has allowed you to be here
At this time in history
to fulfill His purpose for this generation.”
- quote by Roy Lessin
-painting by Edrine Angelo

I know it’s not a coincidence, because now more than ever I needed to hear those words:

“You’re not here by chance.”

Now, when we are starting over. New city, new home, new job, new people. Now, when we are figuring everything out – where to buy groceries, how to choose insurance, where to get the oil changed, which bank to use, where to go to the doctor. Now, when we also miss the city, the job, the home, the people, and the simplicity we left behind in Guatemala.

Nothing is a coincidence. You’re not here by chance.

Because when people ask us, “how is the transition going?,” I know they mean well, and they care. But I often hold my tongue and give the quick and polite and socially expected “it’s good” answer. I’m afraid I might make people feel uncomfortable if I said,

“Well, one time I literally curled up on the bedroom floor and sobbed into the carpet strands.”

or,

“It’s going fine. We are taking one stage of grief at a time.”

or,

“I am tired. Exhausted. Burned out of all emotion. I can’t feel my heart anymore.”

or my personal favorite,

“Sometimes I think about burning down Costco.”

(A metaphor? Or a lesson in not using sticky plastic hooks to hang pictures and decorations.)

But Lord Jesus, open my eyes.

Help me see that none of this is a coincidence. Help me remember that our amazing, powerful, awesome God is not a God of coincidences. That while it’s okay to feel: to be angry, to be sad, to be hurt, I need to remember that God’s hand is in every area of our lives, guiding us to where He wants us to go, shaping us into the people He wants us to be.

So today, and hopefully every day, I strive to see life in that light. I choose to cherish our past, but I also choose to allow myself to embrace our present. I choose to be present, to accept our new circumstances, our new home, with joy. And hope.

Nothing is a coincidence. We’re not here by chance.

It’s not a coincidence that my cousin emailed to see if we wanted a ton of kitchen stuff before she donated it all. And that those boxes crossed everything off my kitchen wish list besides silverware. And it’s not a coincidence that my grandma called a few weeks later asking if we happened to need any silverware because she had an extra set at home.


It’s not a coincidence that with the generous time and support of different family and friends, we are settled into our lovely new apartment (which I am in love with), with a couch to sit on, a table to eat at, a vehicle to drive, and even some satellite TV. (Welcome back to the first world, Broekhuis family?)


It’s not a coincidence that our neighbor left us a Jimmy John’s gift certificate on our door to welcome us to the neighborhood. And just to be awesome.


It’s not a coincidence that our first night here, there was loud music blaring and fireworks crackling late outside our window. A wonderful reminder of our Guatemala neighborhood.


It’s not a coincidence that we were able to spend a lot of time this summer with lots of people we love, and after we moved, already enjoy a barbecue with old friends who became new neighbors.


I could go on and on.

But it’s not a coincidence. God is providing for us, paving the way for us, taking care of us in so many little and big ways.

We are not here by chance. 

And you are not here by chance. 

Work, relationships, circumstances, joys, trials, stages of life – none of it is a coincidence. None of it is by chance. Where you have been, and where you are, and where God is bringing you to is not a coincidence.

So I pray for my eyes and ears to be open to see God in my daily life, to hear His shouts of “I LOVE YOU!” in the details I often overlook.

So again, just think:

You’re not here by chance
But by God choosing.
His hand formed you and made you the person you are.

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.

He compares you to no one else –
You are one of a kind.

For He chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight.

You lack nothing that His grace can’t give you.

But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

He has allowed you to be here
At this time in history
to fulfill His purpose for this generation.”

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.



God’s handy work and His timing are never a coincidence. You’re not here by chance.

Grace and Peace,
Kendra