We don’t always know opportunity when it knocks.
Opportunities are ‘windows’ of time in which we may choose to act or pass. We would like to think that we always see them coming… know when they are there… and see what promise they hold. The truth is, many times, it is only in hindsight that we see clearly what we missed or what we didn’t miss.
The problem is that we have all sorts of preconceived notions, agendas, and expectations that determine what we see and how we see it. If the ‘opportunity’ doesn’t look like what we think it should… we are liable to miss it. Some such preconceptions may be based on appearances, values, or long-standing habits.
Take the ‘changing of the times’ that occurred when Jesus began his work in the world. His public life was ‘introduced’ by one weird dude: John the Baptizer. This is his description from Mark 1:6-7:
Now John was clothed with camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist, and he ate locusts and wild honey. He proclaimed, “The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me
John was actually looking and acting like an Prophet from the ‘old days’… but to the people of his day (and to us) he was ‘way out there’. He lived in the wilderness, wore really hardcore uncomfortable clothes (on purpose!), ate locusts (yes… bugs) with honey (I guess you need it). How far outside of their (and our) appearances (neat, respectable, clean-cut, hip, take your pick); values (reserved, polite, professional, take your pick); or long standing habits (focused on pleasure, comfort, ease, convenience, tradition, take your pick). A lot of folks missed the opportunity because what John offered… they couldn’t accept.
The same is true today. God does not work according to what we expect or want… but calls us to set aside what we expect and look for what God presents as opportunity.
Don’t miss it!