Opportunities sometimes only present themselves once and if you are not prepared physically, mentally, spiritually and emotionally to receive that opportunity it might take years to find another route to your goal. It is so important to be ready when a door opens and even more important to recognize the developing opportunity!
And I know there will be lots of doors opening throughout one’s life, but sometimes THE door opens and sometimes we are not prepared for the adventure. Sometimes we are too scared to step through to the other side. And often times we haven’t put in the work necessary to be prepared for that exact moment when that door opens.
Now, some will say a missed opportunity “wasn’t meant to be”. But what if that isn’t always true? It reminds me of this parable I heard when I was a kid:
A man was trapped in his house during a flood. He began praying to God to rescue him. He had a vision in his head of God’s hand reaching down from heaven and lifting him to safety. The water started to rise in his house. His neighbour urged him to leave and offered him a ride to safety. The man yelled back, “I am waiting for God to save me.” The neighbour drove off in his pick-up truck.
The man continued to pray and hold on to his vision. As the water began rising in his house, he had to climb up to the roof. A boat came by with some people heading for safe ground. They yelled at the man to grab a rope they were ready to throw and take him to safety. He told them that he was waiting for God to save him. They shook their heads and moved on.
The man continued to pray, believing with all his heart that he would be saved by God. The flood waters continued to rise. A helicopter flew by and a voice came over a loudspeaker offering to lower a ladder and take him off the roof. The man waved the helicopter away, shouting back that he was waiting for God to save him. The helicopter left. The flooding water came over the roof and caught him up and swept him away. He drowned.
When he reached heaven and asked, “God, why did you not save me? I believed in you with all my heart. Why did you let me drown?” God replied, “I sent you a pick-up truck, a boat and a helicopter and you refused all of them. What else were you expecting?”
There are times in life when our vision of the road we will take to our goal isn’t what we expect. And we turn down opportunities because we aren’t prepared mentally to recognize said opportunity. Maybe we lack open-mindedness?
Maybe we get so locked in on what we want the future to look like that we have narrowed our vision and are only willing to “see” the road we want, not the road that might present itself that will get us where we want to go?
Just an observation on a quiet, cold Sunday morning…