Divine Intervention? I Think Not

I'll admit that it's quite uncommon for a fireman to deliver a baby 20 years ago and then run into her in the present time at an apartment fire (the story is here). However, check out the following quote from the article: "According to Baldonado, Johnson believes it was fate that brought Captain O'Neil to her this time, and that it was divine intervention that brought him to her mother 20 years ago."

I won't stop someone from believing what they want to believe. But I also have the right to voice my own opinion ;). Yes, the preceding sequence of events is something that may appear to be quite rare, and it did bring a smile to my face. But, if you think about it, is it that uncommon? From the article, it appears that the firefighter and the woman never moved from the same area. Why would it be divine intervention for him to treat her for smoke inhilation, and it just so happens that he was the one that delivered her 20 years ago? Human perceptions are so shaky. We're pattern makers, but sometimes we try to find too many patterns from our perceptions, and that can lead us down to some questionable conclsions. Moreover, there are so many events that happen in our day-to-day lives that are common-place that we don't attribute to divine intervention. Why is that? Why is it any less of a divine intervention that you met someone new at work that you have no connection to?

Obviously, I can't prove that an event is divine intervention or not. I just don't understand how a cute set of circumstances is usually attributed to God. You'd think It would take a more direct route to get someone's attention than having the same person who delivered you help you out 20 years later from smoke inhalation. I don't know, something like a burning bush or parting a sea... ;)

* Posted at 07.08.2004 03:12:17 PM CST | Link *

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