“Do not despise these small beginnings . . .”- Zechariah 4:10 (New Living Translation)
“Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much.”- Matthew 25:21
As Mark Batterson begins Chapter 7 (“Grabbing Opportunity by the Mane”) of In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day, he states that we fulfill God’s plan for our lives by seizing the God-ordained opportunities presented to us. Missing those opportunities short-circuits God’s plan. Certainly there are times when we need to be prudent. But there also are times to be valiant.
Typically, however, these God-ordained opportunities start out as mustard seed opportunities. As lion chasers, Pastor Batterson points out, we achieve our dreams one opportunity at a time. The genealogy of success always can be traced back to those mustard seeds- and we need to make the most of each small opportunity. The key is to understand the significance of those small opportunities and not overlook them in favor of more attractive big opportunities.
If we are faithful when God presents mustard seed opportunities, God will bring bigger and bigger opportunities our way.
Today’s question: What mustard seed opportunities have come your way during your desert, transition time? Please share.
Coming Tuesday: the new Short Meditation, “Hide and Seek”
Tomorrow’s blog: “Opportunity roars”