When God Winks

Last year, I came across the phrase “God Wink.” It was coined by American author and inspirational speaker, Squire D. Russell, who defines it as “an¬†event or personal experience, often identified as coincidence, so astonishing that it could only have come from divine origin.”

Image result for winkI experienced such a “God Wink” a couple of weeks ago.

My wife and I were on our way to a restaurant when we came on the scene of the accident. A motorcycle was on its side and a young man in a helmet was sprawled out in the middle of the road. I jumped out to see what I could do, but there was already a man there, applying pressure to a wicked gash in the young man’s neck. I called for a towel and then told the young man, who was conscious but in obvious distress, that I was a pastor.

“God is here,” I kept repeating.

The police and ambulance arrived on the scene in short order. The rest of the night, I was haunted by memories of the accident and wondered how I could find out about the young man’s outcome.

A few days later, I thought of a pastoral colleague who serves as one of the police chaplains in our town. I made a mental note to call him. That afternoon, I decided to hop a new train line in our vicinity. When the train arrived and the doors opened, out came my colleague – the police chaplain! I asked him if he could do a little investigation on my behalf.

This past weekend, my fellow pastor called and left a voicemail. Here’s where the story takes a mind-boggling turn. The young man’s parents attend his church, as well as two officers who arrived on the accident scene. All of them – including the young man who had the accident — were in worship together! I reached out to the mom on Facebook and it looks like we are all getting together in the near future.

You know, I have to admit that sometimes I look at the tragedies and troubles in this world and wonder where God is. I wouldn’t call it cynicism – perhaps frustration or confusion are the better words. Then a “God Wink” like this comes along, reminding me that the Lord is near.

I certainly don’t understand all of God’s mysterious workings, but I believe He is at work. I want to trust that more and more.


  1. Reply
    Rosemary Oberheu says

    Your writing is definitely GIFTED!

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      Mark Winter - One Man Show Ministries says

      Thank you, Rosemary!

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    Carla Billings says

    I am sure we get more God Winks everyday and are too near sighted to see them.

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