In Chapter 7 of In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day, Mark Batterson encourages us to think of every opportunity as a gift from God. Acting on that opportunity is our gift to God. And it doesn’t matter if those opportunities are big or small.
Colossians 4:5 tells us “to make the most of every opportunity.” The word translated “opportunity” is the Greek word kairos– referring to “a serendipitous window of opportunity.” Pastor Batterson notes that every day is filled with countless God-ordained opportunities to love, serve, give, and learn. But opportunity doesn’t knock, as the old aphorism goes. Opportunity roars!
The author adds that “most of us want our opportunities nicely packaged and presented to us as a gift we simply have to unwrap.” For those readers with a background in church work, Call Night comes to mind. Pastor Batterson believes, however, that typically opportunities present themselves at the most inopportune times and places. Furthermore, they often come disguised as insurmountable problems. Yet, as the author concludes, lion chasers don’t live life sitting back on their heels. They are on the tip of their toes in expectation of what God will be doing next.
Today’s question: Although your vocation loss knocked you back on your heels, what tiptoe moments have you experienced during your desert, transitional journey? Please share.
Coming Tuesday: the new Short Meditation, “Hide and Seek”
Tomorrow’s blog: “Survival mode or prayer mode?”