On Fridays, Lisa-Jo provides the prompt, and we dive in headfirst with hearts and words. It’s a little game called Five Minute Friday. Won’t you join us?
Today’s prompt is OPPORTUNITY.
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What does opportunity look like?
Is it the applause of many, the chance to see and be seen, the big step up you’ve been holding your breath anticipating?
Or could it be that sometimes opportunity comes quietly, slips in through a side door and takes her seat without fanfare?
I’m learning — ever so slowly — that opportunity often presents in a way I would never have looked for.
The quiet prompting of the Spirit to stop, look, listen for His hand.
A gentle nudge to wait and think, to pray instead of leaping.
I want to grasp the things that scream of promise and attention and notoriety, to run headlong into the limelight when His voice beckons instead from the sidelines. I never thought I’d need this: the courage to not jump on every opportunity that comes my way, restraint and discernment to clasp what is best and let most of the good slip through my fingers.
I don’t always understand His version of opportunity, but I trust His hand.
Lately I’ve had the opportunity to say no, to slow down, to decline offers, to keep promises whose quiet importance far outweighs the other, shinier options. Although I don’t always understand His economy or His game plan, I know He has provided me with chances to do what is right and holy in His sight.
Sometimes opportunity looks like a spotlight, and sometimes it whispers from the back row. Lord, please give me the courage to sit in shadow with You and honor Your name.
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So what does opportunity look like to you?
Has God presented you with an opportunity
that looked different than you expected?
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