How many strokes of good luck does it take for a coincidence to become a miracle?

While you consider your answer, let me share the story of Laura Buxton. She was 10 years old in 2001 when she released a red balloon into the air over her hometown in Staffordshire, England. On a card attached to the balloon, she wrote, “Please return to Laura Buxton.” Her home address was on the other side.

A few weeks later, a man 140 miles away found the balloon stuck in his hedges. When he read the note, he immediately took the balloon to his neighbor … a 10-year-old girl named Laura Buxton.

That’s not all. A few weeks later the two girls met for the first time. Amazingly, the outfits they independently chose to wear that day were the same – a pink sweater with faded blue jeans. They were also the same height and wore their identical brown hair in the same style. They even owned guinea pigs that displayed similar orange markings.

Although they’re not related, the two Lauras have remained close all these years. Both believe their story is too remarkable to be dismissed as coincidence.

What do you think? Is every encounter in our lives a million to one roll of the dice? Or is something more mysterious and profound at work? Either way, the two Lauras demonstrate that one thing is always true: when people come together and connect, human-to-human, every moment holds the potential for something spectacular to happen.

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