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