I sometimes think of God as the divine switchboard operator. Not long ago, switchboard operators connected us to each other through a system of cables. We don’t connect that way now. Nor will you find any references to switchboard operators in Scripture. Still, I have often experienced God as the One who sometimes connects people who might find benefit in being in touch with one another.
God often likes to work through coincidences or small-world encounters. I don’t believe God micromanages our every thought and action. Yet, I do believe God sometimes intervenes to do a little networking. Say, we start thinking about someone we haven’t thought about in a while. If we contact that person, we may learn they are going through a rough patch of life and needed to hear from someone who would care.
As the Divine switchboard operator, God helps us connect with people who enrich our lives. God senses it would be good for two people to get together; then arranges to plug them into each other’s lives.
This message is an excerpt from a Women of the ELCA blog by Kathryn Haueisen.
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