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Old 06-11-2007, 01:28 AM
 
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I know there are little things (or not so little things) that happen in our lives where we wonder if it was coincidence or the hand of God.

The other night I was putting my 5 yo daughter to bed. Usually, she grabs her stuffed animals, I lay down beside her and pray over her and she holds my hand until she falls asleep (I know....but, she's my youngest...and I just don't want her to grow up...LOL)

Well....the other night, she said she was not tired. So, I started stroking her hair (something I never do because she always wants to hold my hand.....part of her routine). The thought even entered my mind "I'm stroking her hair....I never do this".

Well, about a minute into this, I felt a bump on her head, so I turned on the light and.....it was a tic! Even though we live in Northern Virginia and there are tics around in summer, I grew up in PA where we didn't have tics. For the 20 years I've lived here, I never found a tic before and I never check my kids for tics. (Maybe that will change )

By then the other kids and DH were coming in to see what was going on. DH pulled the tic out (when we met he was 24 and lived in the woods in NC w/ an "outward bound" type of group w/ troubled kids ) since the head hadn't gone in yet.

I just can't help but think it was either her or my guardian angel or the Holy Spirit giving me the "urge" to stroke her hair. Especially since I was thinking how strange it was for me to do this when our "routine" was to hold hands.

I know it sounds very simple and silly.....but, does anyone have any little "brushes w/ God" with little things which reinforce that our God is a Living God and cares for each of us?
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Old 06-11-2007, 01:31 AM
 
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Why would God direct you to the tick instead of preventing the tick from biting in the first place?
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Old 06-11-2007, 01:44 AM
 
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Why would God direct you to the tick instead of preventing the tick from biting in the first place?
Because the tick has "free will" of course!...
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Old 06-11-2007, 01:45 AM
 
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I know it sounds very simple and silly.....but, does anyone have any little "brushes w/ God" with little things which reinforce that our God is a Living God and cares for each of us?
Yes I think something made you alter your routine that night. So it was either God or your mother's intuition, which is still a gift from God. So either way God wins.
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Old 06-11-2007, 01:49 AM
 
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Why would God direct you to the tick instead of preventing the tick from biting in the first place?
I guess what you're really asking is "why doesn't God prevent all the murders, abductions, terrorist acts....basically all evil....to begin with?"
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Old 06-11-2007, 01:50 AM
 
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I guess what you're really asking is "why doesn't God prevent all the murders, abductions, terrorist acts....basically all evil....to begin with?"
Ok you could go with that...but I liked my answer better.
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Old 06-11-2007, 02:02 AM
 
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I guess what you're really asking is "why doesn't God prevent all the murders, abductions, terrorist acts....basically all evil....to begin with?"
No, I'm asking why certain events are interpreted as acts of God and others aren't. The problem of evil is a valid discussion point, but beyond the scope of my simple question. The problems you've noted are dogmatically attributed to man, not a tick. Ticks aren't evil.

What you describe is analagous to someone serving food that you're allergic to, just so he could save you from eating it at the last minute. Such a scenario makes little sense, and it likewise makes no sense that God would let a tick bite your child just so he could direct you to it.

Some things really are coincidental.
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Old 06-11-2007, 02:03 AM
 
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Because the tick has "free will" of course!...
This is a much cuter answer, Irishmom
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Old 06-11-2007, 02:10 AM
 
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No, I'm asking why certain events are interpreted as acts of God and others aren't. The problem of evil is a valid discussion point, but beyond the scope of my simple question. The problems you've noted are dogmatically attributed to man, not a tick. Ticks aren't evil.

What you describe is analagous to someone serving food that you're allergic to, just so he could save you from eating it at the last minute. Such a scenario makes little sense, and it likewise makes no sense that God would let a tick bite your child just so he could direct you to it.

Some things really are coincidental.
No, the essence of a tick is not evil....but, it does produce symptoms and disease if left to continue to suck anohter's blood. The tick hadn't bit her since the head was still out; it was just stuck to her hair shaft; it probably had not been there long.

My point here is that if I had not stoked my daugher's hair, the tick would have bit my daughter and sucked her blood (that sounds wierd ) all night long. She would have been sick in the morning, most likely.

The thought of me stroking her hair as unusual ran through my mind. The fact I was conscience of the fact that I was stroking her hair and I never do that and how differnt it was that I was doing that all adds to the situation, imo.
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Old 06-11-2007, 02:12 AM
 
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Nvxplorer....just read St. Thomas Aquinas "Summa Theologica" if you want to tackle the philosophical subject of the existance of God (essence, nature, causality, order, etc.)
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