"We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations." - Chuck Swindoll
This is the quote that first came to mind when I read the word "opportunity." It is so true. We have had so many opportunities over our lives that really didn't look like opportunities when we were in the midst of them.
Over the last couple of weeks we have been reading Peace Child at lunch time. The Richardsons were in a situation living among headhunters that valued tretchery above all other virtues. The situation to us, reading it, and to them looked hopeless. How on earth can you work among to a people who "fatten people with friendship for the slaughter," who see Judas Iscariot as the ultimate hero?? They decided taht they needed to leave that area so that the people they were living among wouldn'g kill each other which lead the people, in order to keep the Richardsons there. to offer a peace child. Finally a link into their culture, an opportunity, where they could be shown the ultimate Peace Child in Jesus Christ.
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As I was thinking of opportunity and that quote from Chuck Swindoll I thought of a book that we have on our shelf that I read in 6th grade called i love the word impossible by Ann Kiemel. I remember it challenging me back then and being intrigued by the way she wrote. I want to re-read it and read the preface again this morning and I wanted to post it here:
"i love the word impossible....
it's like joy after sorrow.
people being friends after being enemies.
rainbows after drenching rain.
a would healed.
sunsets on quiet evenings after
hot, noisy days.
paralyzed, injured limbs learning to grow
strong and useful again.
forgiveness after wrong.
truth after fog.
new love-made babies.
birds learning to fly and own the sky.
bitterness turned to mellowness.
fresh, genuine hope ... once abandoned.
people finding each other at right moments,
in unexpected, obscure places...
for God-ordained reasons.
i love that word impossible because my God believes in
and extraordinary mountains, and He dares
to be alive in a world crawling with terrible
He promises to be bigger than any impossiblity
because He is love...
and love always finds a way though,
love isn't scared.
it builds bridges instead of walls.
it never gives up.
it always hangs on.
it waits with stubborn, strong hope.
sometimes even for years.
love makes God alive in far more than human souls.
like sun and clear sky and drooping branches
and dark birds and color and design and music...
and the sound of water on a shore.
IMPOSSIBLE means that i,
an ordinary young woman,
can be something special and significant
in an enormous, hurting world.
i can be love where i live,
and that is Christ...
and He really does make ALL
I, too, love the word impossible because God has used so many impossible situations in my life- times of moving, times of homelessness, times of not getting into school, times of loss of loved ones, and so much more and has turned them into amazing opportunities. When an impossible situation comes up I get excited because I know that my God is going to turn it into an opportunity and it is going to be painful but, in the future, looking back, it is going to be amazing!