“Do you want to go out for breakfast?” she asked.
“You haven’t been nice to me. I don’t know if I want to be with you in public.” he angrily replied.
“What’s the matter with you?” she demanded.
“I’m writing my blog and the pingbacks aren’t working again today. No one will see it.” he snipped.
“What are you writing?” she inquired softly.
“I’m telling the story of how much we were in love and how I asked you to marry me. It seems to be in direct opposition to our current mood.” he snapped. “Just like when we get into an argument on the way to church.”
“Remember that service we went to and had that amazing experience in prayer time? How powerfully we felt God’s presence right then and there? I seem to recall we had a horrible argument before leaving the house that day.” she said.
“Yeah. I remember telling you to drive yourself or get out and walk the rest of the way. It was bad. Do you remember what the argument was about?” I responded.
“No. It doesn’t matter anyway. God stepped in and got our attention that day.” she replied.
“Seems to always be that way.” he stated.
You can singlehandedly create a causal relation between two things that are currently unconnected — a word and an emotion, a song and an extreme weather event, wearing a certain color and winning the lottery. What cause would you link to what effect, and why?