The couple from whom I adopted my rescue Greyhounds, with whom I have become close, have always claimed to be atheists, rejecting the concept of G‑d. Both have health issues, and are included in my prayers, as I tell them, whether they like it or not.

Recently, they experienced an event thatThere is no such thing as coincidence has shaken their professed lack of belief. It may have exacted a reassessment to include that G‑d is real, and that His presence and His might are not only relevant, but imbued in every aspect, every act, every event in life.

One of my own core beliefs is that there is no such thing as coincidence. We survive because of G‑d’s vast presence and when we are faced with dire events, we are even more likely to see and feel the presence of the Creator, for where else would we turn? Our puny human effort to face a crisis alone makes no sense.

My friend’s husband went to get sandwiches for lunch at a local place they frequent. While waiting for his order, he passed out, falling to the floor. The restaurant owner’s son “happened” to be there, and quickly realized that my friend was unresponsive and had no pulse. This young man is a fireman; he immediately began chest compressions, and by the time 911 was called and the ambulance arrived, the breath of life was re-established. My friend was alive, and able to have the angiogram and stent he needed to start his healing.

There is no doubt in my mind that G‑d sent that young fireman, and G‑d’s hands were with that young man’s hands as he did the chest compressions that saved the life of another human being. There is also no doubt in my mind that his presence at the very moment when a precious life hung in the balance was no coincidence.

Sometimes, G‑d speaks softly to us, while at other times, He has to yell to get our attention. Sometimes, we can see and feel G‑d’s presence in our lives, while at other times—no matter how obvious it is—we deny it. It struck me as significant that it was a Jewish life who refused to acknowledge the reality of G‑d that G‑d chose to save. For me, the takeaway from this event is that whether or not we acknowledge the presence and reality of our Creator, G‑d sees and loves us unconditionally and without reservation, and at times gives us opportunities to reassess our connection.

In my recent effort to expand my Jewish learning, I have been mentored and befriended by the Lubavitcher emissaries in Mobile, Ala.—the Goldwassers, especially the rebbetzin, Bina. As a result of our relationship, I have been privileged to learn some of the basics of Chassidic thinking, which in turn often guide my writing. Currently, I am trying to study and understand Tanya. For a novice, it is hard reading. But from my last effort, I gleaned one message I found very important. Chapter 4 reads: “For love is the root of all the 248 positive commands, all originating in it ... .”

This truth stood out to me as the very essence of why I believe in G‑d. Love—His for me, and mine for Him—are multiplied without end when I think about how that love becomes part of the human experience in how we love each other. And it is a circle, really, because as we show love for each other, we also prove our love for G‑d.

In his article “What Is Divine Providence?”, Rabbi Tvi Freeman explains why G‑d would stretch out his Divine hand to rescue a couple who do not see His presence in their lives: “Divine providence implies a kind of two-way interplay between the Creator and creation, whereby each responds and interacts with the other ... Just through your belief in His providence you raise yourself to a level at which G‑d is intimately involved in your life, in an open, beneficial way.”

This second chance to see and to love theG‑d has shown His love for them G‑d Who is omnipresent, and has proven His love for my friends, is hard to miss, even by two people who resisted knowing and loving G‑d back.

My friends have gone through a life-changing experience. I know them to be loving to their friends, as well as to all the animals they care for and find loving homes for. In this instance, G‑d has shown His love for them in the midst of their unbelief, saving a life, and giving them the opportunity to close the circle in gratitude by returning His love.

And so, I come back to my premise. There is no such thing as, or room for, coincidence, in light of the immensity of G‑d’s presence in our lives. We are fortunate when we can see through the fog to recognize that the angels He sends—like that young fireman—are but one open demonstration showing how His love extends to all of His beloved human creation.