The title of this post came from an SMS message that just came through on my phone from one of my sponsors. :-)
Let me tell you a story, it has to do with faith. I'm not sure faith in what yet, but it has to do with that.
I'm a geek. An engineer. A follower of science. I was raised by my wonderful parents in the religion they chose. When I became of a certain age, I wandered away from it. Or I should say, I maintained some of the outlooks and guidelines I was taught. But I didn't understand what to have faith in, and had felt the human elements of the religion were deeply flawed. I lived that way for many years.
Twice in recent memory, something outside of the normal three dimensions picked me up and shook me.
In one case, through a completely improbable set of circumstances I found myself in a position to save a friend of mine who had collapsed (drunk) in a little used part of a building. There is NO VALID REASON I should have found him there. And yet, I was at the right place at the right time and I made a difference.
The second time, I just sat and listened to the stories of the life of a very ill younger woman. For eight years she had been dealing with a bunch of nasty symptoms that didn't have a diagnosis, let alone a cure. Many folks questioned whether or not she was really ill. I just sat and listened to whatever she was willing to tell me because I found it interesting, then again I find most people interesting. At one point, a question just popped into my head. I had asked plenty while listening, and at first this question didn't seem much different from the tons I had asked so far. The question was "Did they ever test you for X ?" The answer was no, but her eyes brightened when she put together the various pieces that had been clear to me at that moment. She vowed to be tested for X the next time she could get a doctor to listen to her. When the test came back, she had a name and a diagnosis for her affliction. I don't consider myself to know much about medicine, but occasionally I can see patterns where others don't. In this case I honestly feel something, someone, some whatever dropped the pieces in front of me so I could see the damn pattern and ask the question. I don't think I would have seen it otherwise.
I don't know what that ...erm... intelligence is yet. But I know it is out there... and perhaps it is worthy to have faith in it.