Buses come at the top of every hour. It takes you 10 mins to get to the bus stop. It’s currently 9:45 am and you want to catch the 10 am bus. What is your window of opportunity?
I’m not trying to juggle your maths memory, Lol. The latest time you can leave to catch that bus is 9:50 am (assuming you don’t plan on running all the way) and the earliest time is the current time. So your window of opportunity is between 9:45 and 9:50 am.
We see this play a huge role in our daily lives: If you don’t leave home before a certain time, you’d be late; For married couples seeking the fruit of the womb, there’s a season for that; Promos run for a certain period also because of this concept. So it will seem as though opportunities are programmed into our lives.
One of the Scriptures that I never understood properly is Ecclesiastes 9:11. I always thought it made of none effect hard work and skill and that it insinuated relying on “luck”. But I heard it read in a different version recently. Let’s look at it in the NLT version:
“I have observed something else under the sun. The fastest runner doesn’t always win the race, and the strongest warrior doesn’t always win the battle. The wise sometimes go hungry, and the skillful are not necessarily wealthy. And those who are educated don’t always lead successful lives. It is all decided by chance, by being in the right place at the right time.“
What it is saying in summary is that, “No matter how fast or strong or wise of skillful or educated you are, you still have to recognise and make the most of your opportunities”.
I pray that the Lord will open our eyes to see the opportunities that surround us and grant us the grace to make the most of them.
Food for thought:
Do you think lost opportunities can be regained?
Ephesians 5:15-16 (NIV) “Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.”