Here a great number of disabled people used to lie—the blind, the lame, the paralyzed. One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?” “Sir,” the invalid replied, “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.” Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked. – John 5:3-9 (NIV)
Are you waiting for opportunity to come knocking at your door? Perhaps you feel that you can’t get ahead due to a lack of opportunity. Better yet, opportunity has presented itself on occasion but someone has always jumped in ahead of you. You may have even gotten discouraged to the point whereas, you make little effort as a new opportunity presents itself because you are fairly certain that someone else will be the benefactor.
The truth of the matter is that opportunity waits for no one. When opportunity presents itself, there is typically a very small window of time available to take hold of it. Nevertheless, there is a great deal of competition waiting to take hold of the same opportunity. Grant it, God has an opportunity earmarked for you but you must be willing to do your part by taking hold of it.
To be named the recipient as the opportunity presents itself, you must first believe that you will receive it. Since opportunity is a fast moving target, you must also be moving at the same speed. If you are in parked gear as the opportunity presents itself, you will more than likely get left behind. In order to refrain from getting left behind, you must walk through the steps as if you’ve already received it.
Lord, thanks for handcrafting a special opportunity whereas my gifts will be utilized and You will get all the glory. Reveal to me the steps that I need to be taking at present so that when opportunity presents itself, I will be ready, willing and able to take hold of it.