- I have a brother named Jed, which is not a common name. The name of my first brother-in-law? Also Jed. Seriously, what are the chances?
- As if two brothers with the same name isn't enough, the next two Johnson girls to get married had to marry guys with the same name. Now I have two brothers (one real, one in-law) named Jed and two brothers (in-law) named Brady. Again I ask you, what are the chances?! I'm seriously amazed that me and Esther managed to marry guys with original names...original to our family, that is!
- When my brother and I were both serving our missions, he in Indiana and me in Oklahoma, he was transferred to the city of Wabash for his last area. Interestingly enough, he also lived on Wabash street. I was also in my last area (we actually came home from our missions on the same flight), and after living in one apartment for a few weeks we moved to a new apartment. On Wabash street. Jed and I both lived on Wabash street for the last few months of our missions. Kinda crazy!
- A few years ago, I watched the movie Amelie, which I love. The music is awesome, and there is one piece that is especially moving; a piano piece that is both haunting and soulful. I bought the soundtrack, and commenced a search for the sheet music. I searched high and low, with no luck. My friend was finally able to find a copy available for purchase online, but it would ship from France and wouldn't arrive for 6-8 weeks. Hey, at least I'd have it! I made the purchase, and 6-8 weeks later received a notice that the item was no longer in stock and would not be available ever again. At least, not from that site anyway. I was never able to attain the sheet music.
So, I was on my second or third date with Hunter, and he happened to show me a video. This video, in fact. I should warn you, it has the tendency to make me cry!
It's the song from Amelie! And...get ready for it...Hunter had the sheet music!!!! YOU GOTTA BE KIDDING ME! I knew right then and there he was my man!
- On my tenth or twentieth date with Hunter (it's all a big blur...lol...), we were talking about his upcoming family reunion. It was going to be held in southern Utah, and we'd be meeting up with his immediate family in St. George. Hunter's dad had just sent him the itinerary, which he showed to me. The next stop after St. George? Cannonville! That's right, Cannonville...three miles from Henrieville, my hometown! The population of both towns is literally no more than 150-200...and as it turns out, Hunter is related to our good family friends the Thompsons! They live in Henrieville, and were hosting the reunion that year. Hunter's mom is a Thompson! Talk about a small world. We were pretty amazed to make this discovery.
There are many more examples I could cite, but these are the most compelling. I love these little joys in life; the random connections and happenstance occurances that seem so unlikely, yet actually occur. In my opinion, this is often the result of divine orchestration. What are some of your examples? I'd love to hear about them!