As a Christian I don't think there is anything wrong with seeing God in the details. That may not work for everyone else, and that's all good, but if I choose to see a cross in the thinga majiggy above, who does it hurt?
I doubt God is angered when we are reminded of His awesome-ness by things He's provided for us.
I believe God is a personal God, and I can talk to Him all day long, and He is listening and attentive, He can and will reach right down into my life to get my attention, to stop something He doesn't like, etc..How He chooses to do it is not written in stone, sometimes its pretty loud and gaudy...
One day I was taking a gal pal to the hospital. She was about 4 maybe 5 (I can't remember exactly) months pregnant, and having complications. I lived in Panama City Florida and she needed to be in Fort Walton Beach (about an hour away) for a special medical procedure or test..
As I was driving, I silently was talking to God. She was worried and crying off and on, I was afraid for her. She was tense and sweating...on the way along side the highway we saw three bill boards. They were spaced about 15 minutes apart.
One said, "God is with you." And the scripture reference.
The second said something else, something about laying your burden at Jesus' feet.
The third, was a psalm of encouragement.
I just glimpsed them. I was driving.
When we pulled into the parking lot of the hospital, we parked behind a car with a bumper sticker that read..."He's got the whole world in His hand. Don't worry. Be happy."
Ok, that day, to me it said nothing except...TACKY.
But my gal pal started laughing through tears and told me she was talking to God all the way there..(and she was, with head bowed most of the way)...and did I notice the bill boards? Because every time she lifted her head she saw a message from God.
I told her yeah, I did see them. She said each one of those came when she needed it, when she was spiraling into a mental hysteria of "what ifs."
They gave her comfort.
And then the last one made her laugh.
(She ended up carrying the baby another month or so and having it early, in perfect shape, if a little small. Then sharing this story with our Sunday school class...)
I can believe God is omniscient, and that he knew she was going to need those physical signs on that day in that situation. In fact, my faith allows me to believe He directed her attention to them, to be re-assured, to be comforted.
Did that mean she wasn't going to miscarry? No. I don't think she read them that way either. They just reminded her God loved her, and was with her and all the worry wasn't going to change the outcome.
That may sound like a load of crap to everyone else, but when you believe God is a present and loving father, ensuring one of His own is comforted in time of need is not so far fetched.
I do think this plays on the emotional side...and we should be careful about that because it sounds so nutty. I DO KNOW it sounds nutty.
As for the cross thing...just like names and numbers, certain symbols recur in my life...so it doesn't surprise me it can look like a cross....but I wouldn't be disappointed if it was a smiley face either.
It's a nice thought, but I don't think everyone needs to believe it.