There was a group back in the 60’s called the Serendipity Singers.
The word has a neat sound to it. Serendipity is the making of pleasant discoveries by accident.
The word was invented by the English author Horace Walpole in the 1700’s. He got the idea from a story called “The Three Princes of Serendip” in which these princes were always accidentally discovering new things while looking for something else.
There’s sort of a divine serendipity in the Bible too.
Father Jacob sends his sons to far off Egypt to look for food during a famine and he gets back his long-lost son, Joseph, in the bargain.
Saul goes looking for the lost donkeys of his father, Kish, and finds himself being anointed the first king of Israel by the prophet Samuel.
David takes a few care packages to his older brothers on the front lines and ends up saving the day in a showdown with the Philistine giant Goliath.
A curious tax collector named Zacchaeus climbs a tree to get a better view of Jesus as the Savior passes by in a crowd of people. Before the day is over the Son of God Himself is sitting at Zacchaeus’ table in Zacchaeus’ house. The man’s life will never be the same.
The women go to Joseph’s lovely garden early on a Sunday morning to embalm a body. Instead, they find an empty tomb and a Lord who is alive forevermore.
A die-hard Pharisee named Saul gallops toward Damascus with arrest warrants for the Christians who live there. He is literally knocked off his high horse and called out of the night of unbelief into the light of faith by the risen Christ Himself. You and I know him as the apostle Paul.
In all these cases, it was divinely serendipitous. People found wonderful things when they were up to something else.
Nor were these things really “accidents.”
Somewhere along the line we were all shown the divine serendipity of God’s grace. He hunted us down with His undeserved love even when we wanted nothing to do with Him.
Parents, pastors, teachers and friends may all have been used to bring us to the gospel. Circumstances, good or bad, may have been the puzzle pieces in Christ’s hand. Unexpected detours were part of God’s design. All the while we were looking for something else, we were given to find something infinitely better, something eternal. And, thank God, we will never again be the way we were.