OPPORTUNITY

“But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one.” 

- 2 Thessalonians 3:3 NET

A month or so ago I talked about the storms in life, and how we can find little comfort in common sayings such as “the grass is greener on the other side.” But even still, we should allow God to light our path as Psalm 119:105 states. 

But, as those who are going through what seems like an everlasting storm, they know constant outside encouragement is needed in addition to being attentive to God. So if you are in the middle of what seems like an everlasting storm, with valleys that seem to only get deeper and deeper, take a moment a ponder over this verse above. Two of the most essential qualities we need in getting through any storm are strength and protection, and God not only provides such aspects; He fully embodies them.

 

LOOK AROUND YOU

 

Something else I believe that is essential in surviving the storms of life is the ability to see things from a different perspective. A good friend of mine once shared Isaiah 43:19 which says “ ‘Look, I am about to do something new. Now it begins to happen. Don’t you recognize it? Yes I will make a road in the desert and paths in the wilderness.’” As things appear to be falling all around us, we also need to look for the opportunities God is putting in front of us. In my blog “Value in the Broken Pieces” I talked about how God uses the brokenness, the shattered pieces of humanity to make himself known. That’s what we need to look for in these storms — the  valuable opportunities that are only made visible when chaos arises. I also want to point out that in the verse from Isaiah, God reveals that not only is He illuminating our paths, but HE IS MAKING OUR PATHS. So, if it’s difficult to comprehend God being omnipotent and knowing where the path is in order to light it, know that he makes the path — through the deserts and wildernesses where we are weakest. He created a way through that He is going to guide us through, one step at a time. All we have to do is trust in Him and look for the opportunities He has placed before us.

As you go about your week, I DARE YOU to try and find those opportunities. Talk to a friend to help keep you focused and open about where you are in this storm, and what possible opportunities God may be revealing to you. And remember “But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one.”