God wink

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

God +‎ wink; coined by SQuire Rushnell, author of a series of books that include the phrase "When God winks" in the title.

Noun[edit]

God wink (plural God winks)

  1. An event or personal experience, often identified as coincidence, so astonishing that it is seen as a sign of divine intervention, especially when perceived as the answer to a prayer.
    • 2002, SQuire D. Rushnell (sic), When God Winks: How the Power of Coincidence Guides Your Life, ISBN 0743467078:
      When we carry ourselves as far as we can and feel we can go no further, that's when we should be on the lookout for a God Wink. It's coming.
    • 2007, James B. Twitchell, Shopping for God, ISBN 0743292871, page 105:
      In its most vulgarized and solipsistic state, epiphany is what currently is marketed as a God wink. Here the believer is encouraged to take some coincidence, like winning the lottery or recovering from sickness, as evidence of a higher power at work.
    • 2009, Ed Gungor, What Bothers Me Most About Christianity, ISBN 1416592555, page 117:
      A giant hand? That's the kind of stuff that makes people of faith smile — maybe a God wink? How fun.
    • 2011, Stephen G. Post, The Hidden Gifts of Helping, ISBN 0470887818:
      Still, at the time, I was dearly in need of a God-wink or two. And, as so often happens, I had to wait for them.

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