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"Chasing Donkeys"Stuart JonesMaarten de Jonge, a Dutch cyclist, was scheduled to be on the Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 which disappeared over the Indian Ocean in March. He was also scheduled to be on the Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, which was shot down over Eastern Ukraine. In both cases, de Jonge cancelled his flights at the last minute. The newspapers and television broadcasters are calling it happenstance or coincidence. Our lives are full of “what if’s.” We wonder what might have happened if we had done something differently. Certainly Maarten de Jonge doesn’t have to wonder “what if.” He must be relieved, thankful, and in awe of the circumstances that happened in his life that allowed him to continue living. It is interesting when we read the Bible to see how God himself often used ordinary events to accomplish His goals. He used ordinary people and made amazing things happen. Saul was out searching for his father’s lost donkeys when Samuel came into his life. “Then Samuel took a flask of olive oil and poured it on Saul’s head and kissed him, saying, ‘Has not the Lord anointed you ruler over his inheritance?’” (1 Samuel 10:1) A mighty God is at work each and every day in our lives--our boring everyday lives. It may seem like a coincidence or it may be something we don’t notice at all, when it’s actually the hand of God. We mustn’t be so busy that we fail to see these things. We can’t ignore God’s hand at work in our lives.