For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare[a] and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. -Jeremiah 29:11

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose -Romans 8:28

Jung described synchronicity as two or more events that are "seemingly linked," but in all actuality have no related cause and effect. I like to think Jung wanted to believe in God; I've read he was quite "interested in Christianity," but I think he lacked faith. Faith that God has made plans for us. I believe people are placed in our lives according to His plan. Our children, friends, spouses, …midwives;) We end up in spaces we have been called to inhabit. We learn things we are meant to learn.  Author Cheryl Strayed talks about "the ghost ship that didn't carry us," the life we didn't have. Poets have puzzled out these roads. But I think that the reason we didn't take these steps is because God's plans have been breathed into us. Why didn't we chose that someone we loved? Why were we blessed with four children when we planned on two? 

I met this Mama early last year, she was barely pregnant and had moved to the Upstate a few months before when she hired me. We chatted easily and I offered her referrals. We kept in contact throughout the Spring and Summer and then Fall. I had a seemingly "all year" baby once, felt like I was pregnant For. Ever. After a few first starts turned to a midnight call, her midwife Carrie and I headed over...since fourth babies can be fast and this Mama was known to have quick labors. 

Even at 8 cm she was chatty and fun and we laughed and told stories the first hour, before laboring began in earnest. Throughout the night she worked her biggest baby yet down and out into the sunrise. It was a beautiful crisp friday in October when Ella Grace was born, all chubby 9 lbs 15 ounces of her (all this Mamas babies have been exactly 8 lbs 1 oz)! She was hungry right away and nursed like a champ.

All of my birth families are special to me. I feel like it is the synchronicity of God's plans that have brought them us together, my service to them was meant to be.