I seem to remember wanting to keep the world famous blog away from heavy topics, and focus on trying to provide something light, and/or amusing. Here I am knocking on the heavy topic door, and hearing a pretty good sized group of folks already crowding the room inside.
But here's the deal.
One coincidence is probably just that- a coincidence. Now I know little of the mathematical laws of probability, but I do know that if one coincidence is unlikely, two in a row are less likely still. And as the number grows, the probability gets smaller with each link in the chain. At some point in the process you begin to suspect that there is a greater hand at work in all this. I noticed when I read the story of Joseph, Gen:37-43 that that whole part of the story can be seen as one improbable coincidence following another. Same with the story of Moses in Ex:2. There is a story told of St. Patrick wherein he is escaping from slavery, on the run, and somehow finds himself leading a group of rough and very dangerous men who expect him to be able to find food. They round a bend in the road, and seemingly out of nowhere encounter a bunch of feral pigs. They are saved from starvation and Patrick gets the credit.
"Oh, yeah, right JWM. So now you're telling us that God himself was helping you finish restoring your old Schwinn, find your Celtic art book, and then giving you a blog so you can tell everyone how they too (with just a little help from the Man Upstairs) can achieve enlightenment, cure the fantods, find a really awesome babe, and maybe even score some good weed in the process.
Maybe. My wife is a Nichiren Buddhist. I tried the practise for a year shortly after we were married, but I couldn't stay with it. But during the time that I was there I heard story after story of people stumbling into the most unlikely series of events leading them to find jobs, mates, friendships, business deals- you name it. And, regardless of your religious beliefs or lack of them, I would wager that with not too much effort you could come up with some pretty astonishing series of coincidences yourself.
Weigh the number of them in you own life, and in the stories you have heard from family and friends. They are common enough if you take the time to look. And that, in itself is astonishing if you think on it: that occurrences with infinitesimal probability are relatively common. That does suggest to me that there is a greater hand in all this.