OK I’ll bite. My thoughts are: interesting story. To suppose a malfunctioning radio is a “sign” from “beyond” is unwarranted, in my opinion. It isn’t that we shouldn’t admit that we don’t know how the radio turned on, but rather we should avoid appealing to a supernatural explanation when any number of natural explanations seem sufficient. God does not expect us to be superstitious, in my opinion! That doesn’t mean miracles never happen or that there is always a natural explanation (whether we understand it or not) but that we shouldn’t be looking for “signs” on every piece of burnt toast or every odd coincidence.
I come from a long line of superstitious Italian Catholics. I’m allowed to say that, since I used to be one, and this isn’t meant to be racially/ethnically derogatory. They were always praying to St. Anthony to find lost items, or burying statues of St. Joseph upside-down under ground to sell their homes, or reciting superstitious prayers to Mary for special favors, etc. As a kid I watched them and thought, this can’t be the truth about how the universe really is. I couldn’t believe that God could be manipulated so easily! Whenever a prayer was ambiguously “answered” it would be cause for celebration. Confirmation bias abounded. That said, here is a story for you:
Years ago, one time while praying, and I had a sudden vision of a childhood classmate who I hadn’t seen or heard from in 10 years or more. I felt the urge to pray for the well-being of that person. The next day I got a call from my mother who saw this former classmate’s mother at the store (bear in mind, my mother had never met this classmate or the classmate’s mother, and neither have I, to this day). She approached my mother (randomly) and asked her if she was my mother, and then told her that her husband had just committed suicide and that her son (my former classmate) was aimless, despondent, and deeply depressed. Mind you, I do not have any relationship with this classmate or the classmate’s mother. I have tried to come up with explanations for these events. It seems unlikely to be a pure coincidence, but I’m not sure what can be the cause. It could be that my mother and I have some kind of spiritual connection, or that God wanted me to pray for this classmate, or that the classmate’s mother and I have a spiritual connection, or any number of other possibilities.
Skepticism says we should be cautious in examining the evidence, and consider the probabilities of the situation. I think it is very improbable that my vision and my mother’s conversation were totally coincidental and unrelated. I don’t know what caused that radio to suddenly begin to operate at that precise moment, and it doesn’t seem to be a random coincidence, but we shouldn’t conclude that the bride’s grandfather communicating from beyond the grave is the certain cause and best explanation!