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Posted Friday, June 4, 2010, at 8:27 PM

Margie noticed this morning that our neighbors grain truck appeared to be having trouble making it up the road as it was crawling along at a very slow speed. She didn't think much of it until it sped up as it passed our driveway, and quickly noticed the reason for the slow speed. Our neighbor was being kind to an unfamiliar dog that was running in front of his truck up the road by not running him down.

We've lived 4 miles out of town for over 2 years now, and we've never seen another dog in our yard 'til today. We were pretty sure the dog was of the lost variety, and from it's small size, we figured it stood little chance of long term survival amongst the coyotes and all. We tried calling the cute little dog to see if it had tags that would lead it back to it's owner, but it took off and we didn't see it again.

Margie queried the "network" (called one of the neighbors) to find that indeed the dog had been seen, but would not come to another of our neighbors either. Who owned the little Pom was a mystery, and unfortunately, nobody really knew where the dog was anymore either.

Well, we had some errands to attend to so we headed into town. We wrapped up our business and decided to fill up at the gas station before heading on for other errands in McCook. Now usually, I just pay at the pump, but the card reader was out so Margie ran in to pay. On the door was a sign saying "Lost Pom". The sign went on to give the pup's name, description, and a phone number. Now there's a surprise I think...

So Margie takes down the number and tells the lady that answered the phone that we probably saw her dog at our place north of town, but when we tried to call it, it took off. End of story... sorta.

Part of our day had us heading to McCook, so we were gone several hours, but we got a phone call when we got home. It seems our farming neighbor watched a small dog run into our barn as he was "patrolling" as I like to call it, and there were unfamiliar people around our place as well. I guess he informed them he saw a dog go into the barn, and sure enough, the family was reunited and everybody went home happy.

So was it all a coincidence, or a new term I've recently become aware of called a Godincidence? All the things that came together to get that dog together with it's owner today almost seems too much to believe is just coincidence.

First off, the slow moving truck made us aware of the dog in the first place, without it we likely wouldn't have noticed the Pom at all. What about the card reader being out at the gas station? In all the times I've bought fuel there, (and believe me when I say it's a lot of times!) the card reader always worked. We almost never go into the convenience store anyway, so Margie seeing the sign was sure most unlikely on any day. The fact that it was today...

And finally that our neighbor got involved seeing the dog go into our barn so as to be able to tell the folks looking for it where it was when they happened to show up looking for the pup. Kinda like the network call made earlier in the day had him looking for the dog with the unknown owners.

Coincidence or Godincidence? With all that came together today for the "they lived happily ever after" ending, seems like a Godincidence to me. Just sayin'...

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Shalom, Brian. I, on the other hand believe you know exactly who was manipulating the events to help the Pom return home, with you two being the Angel facilitators, of Gods Will being done.

I am sorry Senior Loud hasn't opened his heart to the Love in our Jesus' heart. Being Scientific should prove His existence. I, too, worked in an extremely Scientific world, and my training helped me to understand the existence of God/Jesus. Maybe Senior Loud will, one day, soon, I pray.

Thanks for the uplifting story.


-- Posted by Navyblue on Mon, Jun 7, 2010, at 8:50 PM

Thanks for the kind words Arley/

Senior, I'd like to encourage you to consider the possibility that "the little things in life that make you sigh with a smile" are often Godincidence. I don't believe the scientific terrain of information precludes belief in God do you?

I happened to see an interview of Steven Hawkings yesterday, and his life question about the universe was "why is there somehting when there should be nothing". Heck, I got the answer right here! Because God made it happen as far as I'm concerned.

I certainly don't pretend to have all the answers about religion, science, and the obvious conflicts that have been discussed to death already elsewhere. I believe we don't get to have all the answers to God and we're not supposed to. Bummer huh? It's that faith thing, and through my faith, I just know God is real. Science on the other hand is a self correcting study trying to get to the natural worlds secrets, or basically into the mind of God if you wanted to extend it that way.

Interesting you being involved in AI. I find it scary when machines start designing their own parts based on past performance and "learning" ability. Without a doubt, electronic machines have some pretty amazing ability now and their age is less than 50 years. Imagine what they will be cabable of in another 50.

-- Posted by Brian Hoag on Tue, Jun 8, 2010, at 8:09 AM

Nobody has to do anything to satisfy me GI. I just believe my God wants to get to know you and Senior Loud, and whole bunch of other folks out there intimately, and I see no reason not to help point out reasons that might help even non believers open their minds and hearts Him.

-- Posted by Brian Hoag on Tue, Jun 8, 2010, at 1:11 PM

As I said earlier "I certainly don't pretend to have all the answers about religion, science, and the obvious conflicts that have been discussed to death already elsewhere."

Your question ... can a person know God without adhering to ANY religious structure? and... My answer is perhaps. I can't judge others actions dealing with, and their interactions with God. It's not my job man. There certainly are many religious folks that will be happy to give you a differing opinion about that I'm sure.

Is Christianity the best way to know God, or just the system that was predominant in the part of the world in which you were born? I would not pretend to know what is best, just what works for me. It's what I was brought up with, and came back to as I grew older.

The fact that I encourage you to get to know my God should not limit your search for truth. There are good things to be said about all the worlds great religions, and though my beliefs are different, I think it likely most religions are more intertwined than most would imagine.

-- Posted by Brian Hoag on Tue, Jun 8, 2010, at 4:13 PM

GI said... "getting to know "your God" seems incredibly vague and undefinable."

I have to agree completely with that statement, but it goes to the heart of the religious debate when you include the various religions ideology. Getting to know "Your God" is a personal voyage, but one I hope everyone at least explores.

-- Posted by Brian Hoag on Tue, Jun 8, 2010, at 7:27 PM

I enjoyed the story about the dog. I'm afraid to say anything more - you guys are way too intellectual for me. But I will say, Brian, that you have a great gift for taking simple ordinary occurrences in life and giving them a special meaning.

-- Posted by mccook mom on Tue, Jun 8, 2010, at 11:54 PM

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