Monday, November 19, 2018

Rhythm, Flow, and Coincidence

As I mentioned here, I used to be a huge NFL fan but stopped paying attention many years ago, beginning long before the kneeling controversy. However, I couldn’t help but notice this, especially since it appeared on Drudge.
Washington Redskins quarterback Alex Smith was lost for the season on Sunday when he broke his tibia and fibula on a scary, freak tackle by J.J. Watt and Kareem Copeland. Smith, who was immediately in devastating pain, was quickly carted off the field and was reportedly headed to surgery just minutes after his team’s comeback bid fell short.

Anytime a quarterback breaks his leg on the field, NFL fans of a certain age think of former ‘Skins quarterback Joe Theismann, who suffered a gruesome broken leg during a Monday Night Football game in 1985. (…) 
Joe Theismann broke his right tibia and fibula on Nov. 18, 1985 in a game in Washington that ended 23-21. The only three-time Defensive Player of the Year Lawrence Taylor was involved in the injury, which occurred around the 40-yard line
Alex Smith broke his right tibia and fibula on Nov. 18, 2018 in a game in Washington that ended 23-21. The only other three-time Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt was involved in the injury, which occurred around the 40-yard line.
People who read this blog will not be surprised that I’m fascinated by these types of “coincidences,” since my own being is an eerie parallel – and, in many ways, polar opposite – to that of one Barack H. Obama.

There are too many other "coincidences" to name here, the most famous being the parallels between the assassinations of Presidents Lincoln and Kennedy.

My own belief about this is that the world we live in is a fallen version of the orderly one that God created and there are still patterns in it. God can and does enter in to these patterns if we ask and even if we don’t.

But even if one does not believe in an omniscient, omnipotent deity, these types of rhyming and flowing events and on-going stories serve to make ridiculous the idea of a random universe.

I think that, sometimes, God just sits back, let’s them happen and lets observers make of them what we will; draw our own conclusions.

I conclude that stuff doesn't just happen.

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