Serendipitous or Spiritipitous?

Math has never been my forte, but the numbers in this story add up, even for me.

When my friend Joy felt led to help support my work with Elder Orphan Care, she decided to have $15 automatically deducted from her paycheck each week.  She got the paperwork set up for the automatic draft on Thursday. That evening the cable service at her house went on the fritz, so she called her cable provider. When the associate looked at her account he commented, “I could save you some money.”  And he did:  $50 per month.

Friday after work she had to deal with an issue with her cell phone. In the course of that conversation, an associate reviewed her account and said, “I could save you some money.” And she did: $10 per month.

Even with my math impairment, I can calculate that within hours of Joy’s decision to donate $60 a month, she received two unsolicited gifts that will save her $60 each month.

Wild, huh? The figures add up, but does the story? I mean, what are the odds of that happening? What word describes such a scenario?

Some may suggest serendipitous. But one look at the dictionary definition immediately rules it out. Serendipitous: come upon or found by accident, luck, good fortune.

Since there is no chance that the details of Joy’s story happened by accident, I would like to suggest a word that you won’t find in any dictionary. I know it’s not there because I made it up: Spiritipitous. Since I coined the word, I can also give you its definition: orchestrated by the Spirit of God; not occurring through human design or activity.

The word Spiritipitous may never make it into the dictionary, but I have added it to my vocabulary of praise because I want to give credit where credit is due, praise to the only One who can write such a story.

I’m curious: what Spiritipitous scenarios have you encountered? Tell me about it briefly in the comment area below.

Kim Jackson

Kim Jackson serves as an advocate for homeless elderly in Romania via , writes a weekly Brag On God Blog at , and travels the globe spreading encouragement and inspiration to a variety of audiences--at last count, in 30 states and 6 countries. Her favorite Scripture verse is Ephesians 3:20: "Now to God who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power at work within us, to him be the glory...."

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