Connect the dots

Heart stamps

It was a paranormal event in Jodi Picoult’s novel Leaving Time.  Serenity Jones, a psychic that young Jenna hired to find her missing mother, couldn’t get a document to print on her own home printer. So she went to an office supply store for assistance. Suddenly, sheet after sheet started flying off the printer, each page filled completely with Xs.

The clerk couldn’t kill the job. Other customers were gaping. The manager was summoned for help. Serenity started grabbing the X-filled pages, and then there was a page “where the Xs gave way to hearts.”

Cut to real life: I was listening to an audible version of the book. At the exact moment I heard those words “where the Xs gave way to hearts,” I was looking at some postage stamps I had bought earlier that day. As you see in the photo above, they aren’t Xs, but curlicues, that give way to hearts.

Yep, it was one of those moments.

Yesterday I encountered another instance of connectedness. I had just finished re-reading the retirement cards I received in June. One of my work friends had added a Bible verse reference to her hand-written note on the group card:  Jeremiah 29:11.

I pulled out my Bible and looked it up as I didn’t recall the exact verse. “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.”

Then not five minutes later I randomly chose from my card supply a “thinking of you” note card to send to a niece. On the inside of the card, what Bible verse do you suppose was printed?! So I instinctively knew this was the right card to send to that person.

I think these types of connected instances are NOT unusual. But we’re either not mindful enough to catch them all or we shrug them off with a “Huh…that was weird” reaction.

Let’s slow down and appreciate these instances. Maybe there’s a bigger message hidden within them.

And come to think of it, what I’ve just shared all relates to the various concepts of mail.

  • The curlicue heart stamps enable snail mail to be delivered.
  • The verse from Jeremiah was referenced in a hand-delivered card at the office.
  • I’m trusting that the US Postal Service has delivered my niece’s card.
  • You’re likely reading this post in an email.
  • You may comment back also by email.

Perhaps the old phrase, “You’ve got mail!” has a new spin!

To my readers: If you’ve encountered any “connected instances” lately, please share your story.