Wednesday, October 19, 2011

God-produced Opportunities

Sometimes the best advice I give to people is to stop, breathe, step back, and refocus.  The times I've followed this advice for myself are the times I've seen opportunities in the crises of the day.   I like how the Chinese write the word "crisis" with two characters:  One character means danger, the other, opportunity.
Our perception of a crisis directly impacts the outcome of a crisis.  Is it possible to see an opportunity when all things seem too hard?  

Consider how the report of twelve spies sent to determine the condition of the land God had promised them.  Ten reported the land to be dangerous, filled with giants.
"The land we explored will swallow up any who go to live there. All the people we saw were huge.  (Numbers 13:32, NLT )
Two others, Joshua and Caleb disagreed:
Joshua and Caleb, two spies of the twelve saw it differently: And Joshua son of Nun and Caleb son of Jephunneh, who were among those who had spied out the land, tore their clothes and said to all the congregation of the Israelites, "The land that we went through as spies is an exceedingly good land. (Numbers 14:6-7 , NLT )
Ten perceived the people would not survive if they went forward into the land; however, two saw the land not only as good, but exceedingly good.  Both Joshua and Caleb tore their clothes, emphasizing their distraught over the others' point of view.
Our perception becomes our reality.  
And.  The people chose to follow the report of the ten spies, missing out on the opportunities God had planned for them in the land.  They were blind to what God could and would do.  How many opportunities are missed because we do not see in faith?

Sometimes we need to take a breath, step back, and refocus, looking for the God-produced opportunity in a crisis.  It requires perceiving life through faith, believing God is able to more than what anyone would ever think possible, making all things new, changing a dangerous place of life into a great opportunity.  Then, we must trust God to give the necessary courage and strength to step forward and enter into the opportunity.

Look for the God-produced opportunities of the day.

  • Stop~Breathe~Step back~Refocus~Choose to see with faith~Step forward and enter into whatever God has planned for you. 

Learning to Kickstart the day looking for the God-produced opportunity.

(written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2011 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)