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O is for Opportunity

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open doorI’m late posting – only a few days left until prom. Pictures next week! After all, it’s “P” day, right?

This week’s distraction has everything to do with my topic today, and the passions and circumstances that direct us to the opportunities that God opens up for us. In my adult life, I’ve taken all sorts of roles: Actor, director, worship leader, teacher, website builder, prom director, etc. And I can see each of those roles as temporary destinations on my road trip of life.

I’ll use one as an example. Years ago, my music minister asked me to direct the children’s Wednesday night music program. I had just stepped out of the role of public school teacher and wasn’t inclined to jump back in, but I spent a week praying over it and something happened. I started getting excited about this thing I didn’t want to do.

Spending some time asking for direction, I was able to see how God had uniquely prepared this all along. Being a teacher, I’d learned all types of tricks to engage that age group, I had directed three full-blown musicals by then and choreographed and acted in several others, so I had experience with putting things on the stage, and God surrounded me with good friends ready to step alongside and build the program.

Looking back on it, all I can do is shake my head. I’m not equipped to do the things we did and I don’t really like to be in charge of things either. But I’m convinced that God gives us what we need when we need it.

Ps. 37:4 says, “Delight yourselves in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart.” I’ve seen this happen and I know that not only does He give a passion for what He wants me to do, He also provides what I need to accomplish it.

That’s a good thing, too, because this current opportunity has me out in unchartered waters doing tasks that are way out of my comfort zone. But in every case, He’s provided what I’ve needed to complete the task, honor Him, and stay enthusiastic about this opportunity.

Your turn: Has the Lord called you into something uncomfortable? What door of opportunity has He opened in front of you?

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Author: Marji Laine

Marji is a homeschooling mom with teenage twins left in the nest. She spends her days transporting to and from volleyball, teaching writing classes at a local coop, and directing the children’s music program at her church. Raised in suburban Dallas, she got her first taste of writing through the stories of brilliant authors of their day, Mignon Eberhart and Phyllis A. Whitney, and through stage experience. After directing and acting in productions for decades, Marji started writing her own scripts. From that early beginning, she delved into creating scintillating suspense with a side of Texas sassy. She invites readers to unravel their inspiration, seeking a deeper knowledge of the Lord’s Great Mystery that invites us all.

15 thoughts on “O is for Opportunity

  1. Often what we see in the natural as obstacles are opportunities with God’s grace. I wonder how many opportunities I’ve avoided or ignored because I failed to acknowledge His grace!

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  2. God has given me the delightful opportunity to be an actor, comfortor, story teller, role model, boo-boo healer, and support giver, to our 3 gorgeous grand-children. This is an opportunity that I am most thankful for

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  3. Thoughtful post on the word opportunity. And it’s not fair you already know what your P word will be next week. LOL.

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  4. Soooo often I feel like God has thrown me in the deep end, and each time He’s been the life raft saving me, leaving me NO doubt it was all His doing. Praying for you–“He will not fail you nor forsake you until all the work of the Lord is finished.” (1 Chron. 28:20b)

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  5. Marji, I wrote on opportunity as well. Great minds think alike, right? LOL

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  6. Marji, how funny! I blogged on opportunity as well! Great minds think alike. LOL

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  7. Your experience with the Wednesday night children’s choir is parallel to my experience as a Sunday School teacher. Our previous teacher for the adult class asked me in the middle of a study of Revelation if I’d take the class. I’d never had an interest in teaching Sunday School prior to that and had declined the offer with other classes numerous times.

    As God would have it, though, I’d thought just the week before “This is a thing I wouldn’t mind teaching.”

    I’m now the teacher of record and enjoy it quite a bit.

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    • Isn’t it funny how He’ll give us little hints so that when the time is right our hearts are open and receptive to what He wants us to do! A couple of months before I came to be invited to be a director for this prom, I chatted with one of the directors encouraging her. “I would never want to do what y’all do; I’m just glad you’re there doing it!” Yeah, she laughed at me when she asked me to take the spot and I said okay (after a few days, took some prayers).

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  8. Love that Bible verse. When we give our lives to the Lord, he leads us in ways we don’t always imagine, but we find that it is where we need to go…and yes, he give us joy through it all! Great post!

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  9. I am an 8th grade teacher. I’ve always said I’d never teach the youth Sunday school classes because I teach all week. Why would I want to do it on Sunday, too? Well, you know what they say about saying “never”. A few months ago, I was asked to just “fill in” a vacancy in the high school class. Yep, you guessed it, no one else came forward to fill the spot permanently, so now it’s mine. And I love it! God has given me a new focus and purpose at church. He knew I needed to be refreshed in that area of my life, and He provided just the right thing. Like He always does!

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    • How COOL! It’s funny how He puts us in places that we would never go because He knows it’s just what we need! I LOVE that! Thanks for sharing!

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