Steve Jobs was the extraordinary innovator who changed the way everyone makes telephone calls, listens to music and uses computers.

What do these two things have in common with him: GODWINKS, (those little coincidences that aren’t really coincidence) and HEAVEN, (the final destination desired by just about all, and which, according to biblical belief, requires an unlocking of faith to gain entrance).

Steve’s working-class adoptive parents were able to scrape together enough money to send him off to the pricey and prestigious Reed College. But the minute he got there, Steve found himself bored with the required courses of his freshman year and questioned the good they could do to help him find his way in life.

So, without telling his parents, he dropped out. Staying on campus, sleeping in his car, he dropped IN on courses that interested him. For example, there was a course on calligraphy. Learning all about serif and san serif typefaces. What good would that do him? He had no idea. It just fascinated him.

Soon, Steve got busted. His parents ordered him home. Next thing you know, he and his techie buddy, Woz, started inventing a machine in his dad’s garage. It was a computer. He called it a Mac. And he called the company they formed, Apple.

Fast-forward 10 years. Steve is sitting in the office of his two-billion-dollar company exclaiming, “Wow!” He’s looking at the many fonts being produced by the Macintosh computer in his lap. You see, Steve took the knowledge he gained from dropping into that calligraphy course, and changed the way every computer was subsequently built; because everyone copied Mac, everyone offered a whole range of interesting typefaces.

That is a GODwink!

Years later Jobs received the biggest rejection of his life. He was fired.

What? How do you get fired from a company you started? He got on the wrong side of the board of directors.

Steve was devastated. He felt he’d let down all entrepreneurs. He thought about leaving the computer industry altogether. Then it dawned on him; he was an inventor. So, all he had to do was reinvent himself.

So, Steve started a company called NeXt with a new technology. Simultaneously, he came up with the idea of doing the first computer-generated animated movie. The result was Pixar; their first film was Toy Story.

Before long, back at Apple, things were not going so well. The board of directors decided that what they needed was the technology Steve had innovated at NeXt. So, with their hats in hands, they bought the company. Once again, Steve had easy access to the board. He decided to make them an enticing offer— to hire him back to run the company for one dollar a year. They did.

The outcome? iPod. iPad. iPhone. And a stream of successes that have now made Apple the most valuable company in the world. I’m told he also got a raise.

People always wondered, did Steve Jobs believe in God? Wasn’t he always searching? Did he finally arrive at a grasp of faith? He did say this to his biographer Walter Isaacson: “I think different religions are different doors to the same house. Sometimes I think the house exists, and sometimes I don’t. It’s the great mystery.”

Doesn’t that leave everyone still guessing?

By all accounts, Steve Jobs was somewhat enigmatic. He was prone to temper tantrums yet he was likeable and quirky; did he, for example, ever wear anything but black cotton turtlenecks and blue jeans? He was a hero to legions of achievers who admired his demands to do things right, yet he was completely incapable of halting the demands of death that were creeping through his body. A victim of cancer, he died at the very young age of 56.

His closest friend and biological sister Mona Simpson described the scene at Steve’s deathbed as he said goodbye to each member of the family. He apologized to her, saying he was sorry that they wouldn’t grow old together, as they’d always planned. Then he said, “I’m going to a better place.”

After saying goodbyes to each of his children and his wife Laurene, his exclamation startled everyone ... they were words he’d uttered many times before while gazing upon a new Apple invention ... but now he was looking past his family with astonishment, saying these final words ... “OH WOW. OH WOW. OH WOW!”

Did Steve Jobs, one of the greatest conquerors of the Ethernet, finally get a glimpse of the incredible light and beauty of Heaven?

I don’t know. But when I get there I’m going to ask him. For now, I think the answer is “yes,” don’t you?



This story appears in Squire Rushnell’s New York Times bestseller, Divine Alignment.