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Fate or Faith?

When I moved to Texas from Oregon, it was a hardest and most frightening decision I ever made in my life.  At 50-something years old, I was starting my life over again from scratch.  All I had that was guaranteed was a bed to sleep in at my brother’s house and faith.  Faith that I was making the right decision.

I’ve told a lot of people since I moved to Texas that “I’m meant to be here.”  My life has improved tremendously since my move from Oregon.  But it does make me wonder…

What if I would have turned right at that fork in the road instead of left?  What if I had zigged instead of zagged?

How much of our lives is predestined?  Or is any of it?  We have free will, right?  So how could any of it be predestined? But there are those that think it is.

(Oh, I know I’m going to open a can of worms with this … So be nice.  No snarky remarks.  If you can’t play nice, then stay home.)

I do not consider myself a “religious” person.  I have my beliefs and you have yours.  Let’s leave it at that.  I do pray and believe in a Higher Power and in the power of prayer.  When I pray for myself (and this is something we forget to do at times), I ask for guidance and strength.

So if my prayers are answered, is this fate or faith?  Is it divine intervention?  Did the stars align just right and my pathway to Texas was lit by those stars?

Did that Higher Power plan that I would drive a U-Haul truck filled with my stuff and my cat in the front seat with me from Oregon to Texas??  Was this part of my destiny?

If my future is predestined, can it be changed?  Instead of dying when I step in front of that bus, maybe I took a different route to the grocery store that day.  Does that mean, I will not die because I changed my routine?  I zigged instead of zagged.

Or are we just carried along in whatever current happens to sweep us up as it flows by?

I don’t usually write about such deep subjects and I’m not sure what prompted this.  I don’t really expect an answer.  But I do wonder…

Do you wonder about Fate? Faith? Destiny?

Copyright (C) 2017 Penny Wilson


Penny Wilson is a freelance writer who writes in several genres. She has written articles for WOW Women on Writing. Her poetry has been published in online journals, such as Ariel Chart, Spill Words Press and the Poppy Road Review. Penny is a member of the Austin Poetry Society. Her poetry has been featured in the publication America's Emerging Poets 2018 & 2019 by Z Publishing, Poets Quarterly and Dual Coast Magazine published by Prolific Press. You can find more of her writings on her blog at and follow her on Twitter @pennywilson123.

16 thoughts on “Fate or Faith?

  1. I absolutely believe in Faith. In fact I don’t think I could face this crazy work ever day if I didn’t. I truly feel like God has our lives planned out from the very moment of our conception. As we live we have to decide for ourselves if we are going to follow his path for us, or make one of our own. That’s where that free will kicks in. If we try and do everything on our own then we have to face the results of our actions.

    Does that mean following Christ is an easy road? Absolutely not! If means that we live our lives by Faith that no matter what, HE will sustain us. Through the good, the bad, and the ugly. Be blessed WordPress!


  2. God allows us free choice. Even though I’ve been a Christian most of my life there are still things I don’t understand. I think He makes allowances for us doing it our way. In the Old Testament there are several stories about those that did it their way. God knew Eve was going to eat the apple, so why did he allow it? I don’t think we’ll learn the answer to that until we’re in heaven. There’s a lot of things we’ll get answers to in heaven. Sure it’d be nice now to know, but I don’t truly need to know at this point. I’m thankful that God forgave me and lives in my heart. I’m looking forward to meeting Him in heaven, but I’m not in a terrible hurry to get there!


  3. This reminds me of my life back in late 1985 and early 86. It seemed at the time that everything both good and bad was working in a way that would take me from the US and plant me in England. Call it fate or faith but something was working behind the scenes to make it happen.


  4. I have zigged and zagged my buttock all over the place. But, over the past year, I prayed so hard for my life to be repaired. Meaning, I was in such a dark, dark place and thought I couldn’t go on anymore. The last three and half years were the most trying times ever. Yet, I prayed. Of course, I worked on my life as well. I think it was divine intervention and faith all at once. Plus, I know it might sound unusual, but I believe my guardian angels were guiding me as well. 🙂


  5. That’s some deep stuff Penny. Im more inclined to believing were the result of our decisions, even if those decisions are to believe in higher power direction. If that makes sense.


  6. In a lot of my fiction there is a bit of fate or destiny, but then, there is a higher power, me 😉 In real life? I sometimes think about it, but I neither believe in destiny nor do I totally discount that perhaps sometimes things are meant to be. A cop out, sure, but I tend to be 95% pure science with a dash of, “on the other hand, nobody really knows, do they?”


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