I believe in coincidences. Yes, I do. Oh, I still believe that God is in control. I also believe that he works all things together for our good. So when I say I believe in coincidences, I'm not suggesting that the incidences God has been connecting together are somehow accidental. What I'm saying is that oftentimes what you and I perceive as connected according to the divine plan for our lives merely reveals a wishful outworking of our own plans. Ouch!
Just because certain events seem to be tied together does not make them so. Sometimes, and possibly most of the time, the little details you and I perceive as fitting together according to God's plan only appear so because of the screen by which we view our world. The coinciding of events that may belong to another plan--other than the one we imagine they must belong to, that is--are simply that: coincidences.
Now I realize that some may take offense to my view of coincidences. So, why take the time to express such thoughts that may be viewed as detrimental? Because too often we become bound by the need to validate ourselves according to what appears to be, rather than according to Christ alone. Too easily we become trapped, constantly seeking the verification that God is working in our lives, rather than simply living as those alive in Christ. We are indeed strangers and aliens in a world that examines and reexamines every minute detail of every event, forward and backward, in the vain attempt to make life make sense in hopes that one will know how to live. We don't need no stinkin' validation from such a world! For our life in Christ is not dependent upon circumstances.
Perhaps God, for his own reasons, will occasionally give us a little "sneak peek" into his workings in this temporal world. And that can be cool. However, the plan of our lives is not found in the succession of such insights, for the plan of our lives is Christ himself. What we have learned in this world, and what it keeps demanding of us, is that purpose might be found by seeking it out, figuring it out, and following it. But know this, if we're in Christ we're already in the plan. Because he is our purpose we are free from that constant, futile striving to find the elusive "plan for our life".
It was for freedom that Christ set you free! Galatians 5:1
As a side note: I'm not disregarding the infinitesimally detailed interconnection of all things based on cause and effect. Such is the history of this world. But I do not consider the plan of God as being defined by the history of this world. Though the reality of God is demonstrated in this world, there is a vast difference between the history of the old creation and the history of the new.