Look for it. Opportunity comes often throughout our lives. Look for it and you are more likely to recognize when it shows up. Sometimes it is camouflaged: it is a decision to do the right thing right in the middle of emotional pain. It might come on your blind side.

My opportunity came when I nearly lost everything dear to me: my husband, our children, our life as a family. Everything I had dreamed of was crumbling. Every “talk” ended in frustration. So I left and drove north. At a friend’s home, I prayed.

When you are most sorely distraught and cast down you have an opportunity to choose to trust in God. Instead of bolting, stay put. Go to God. Go to Scripture. Get alone — even quite literally, in your closet — anywhere you can ponder, think and pray. Go there!

“Ok, Lord, here I am; what do I do?”

I can tell you this; God intervened when I determined to do His bidding. My husband, Eric and I came together, not just in body, but also in heart, soul, and mind. Job said in the middle of his “opportunity”, “But he knows the way that I take: when he has tried (investigated) me, I shall come forth as gold.” (Job 23:10)

God has the right to try us. What will you do when your opportunity is staring you in the face? Crises may not seem an opportunity, but it is at those times we often make life-altering decisions. It often comes on your blind side.

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  1. Tonya says:

    I remember a time when I wanted to bolt as well but chose to stay put. The Lord really does turn us to gold after intense trials, although the fire hurts. This verse sustained me:
    Is. 43:2 “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
    And through the rivers, they will not overflow you.
    When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched,
    Nor will the flame burn you.
    Is. 43:3 “For I am the LORD your God,
    The Holy One of Israel, your Savior…

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