Remember in John 2 when Mary was trying to force Jesus’ hand to turn water into wine? Jesus wasn’t budging. He knew that if He followed her intentions that this turning water into wine miracle would lead to another and another. This one decision would be a definitive moment in His life. So, He said, perhaps thinking out loud:
If I do this, it won’t change anything for you, but it will change everything for me! John 2:2 (PBT)
And He was right. That one miracle changed everything. But it began with a decision that identified Him. ‘Miracle Worker’ would forever tag His life. Decisions that change everything can unfold a lifetime of opportunities. Transitions can bring us to the brink of such decisions.
Decisions define us. Opportunities change us.
Decisive people tackle more opportunities than most because they see more opportunities. We live a limited version of our life unless we see the opportunities staring back at us. We have to see them so we can make appropriate choices. But the challenge is in learning to see them. Nothing resets the possibility scales in our favour like opportunity. We just have to see them.
Decisions define us in all times, but their consequential results throw us a few curves along the way. Opportunities to grow and be strengthen in those times are plentiful if we leverage them. Seeing scattered times as destructive, limits the richness of our opportunities.
Think again through the main text for this series of ‘Now Matters’:
My fellow believers, when it seems as though you are facing nothing but difficulties, see it as an invaluable opportunity to experience the greatest joy that you can! For you know that when your faith is tested it stirs up power within you to endure all things. And then as your endurance grows even stronger it will release perfection into every part of your being until there is nothing missing and nothing lacking. James 1:2-4 Passion Bible Translation
Because Jesus spent time with His Father on a regular basis, He learned how His Father thought, as well as, how His Father saw opportunities. Living focused on what we’re going through robs us from seeing what we’re going to. Regardless of the source of our trying times, God is on it. He is passionately involved. You can instantly turn the table on the devils’ plot to steal, kill and destroy you. But we need to spend time resting in God’s presence. Why? To know Him. Rejoice in Him at every plot twist of your life. He is totally engaged.
Todays take away: Rejoice in who God is and how He sees you. Life is a series of plot twists that try our faith. Rejoice in the fact that whenever your faith is tried, power is stirred. Focus on what you’re going to, rather than on what you’re going through.