Friday, January 4, 2013

When Opportunity Knocks

My Five Minute Friday on: Opportunity

I sat on my kid-crusty, green couch, toys strewn about the living room floor. My little girl, with chubby sweet cheeks and curls bouncing from the ends of her pigtails enjoying her morning playtime.

I searched, staring out my bay window for some answers. I knew the time was coming.

I was contemplating my life, when her needs would no longer dictate my days. When naps and Barney and sharing giggles over peanut butter sandwiches were finished.

What will I do with myself? How will I spend my time?

Innocent thoughts unraveling into demands of God.

When will you show me? What is my purpose? I want to know what I should do so I can make my plans.

He did not reveal much to me, of course. He seldom does. Seeds had been planted, but I didn't know that yet. As my mind searched for solid possibilities and my baby girl played with princesses, He had already started preparing me.

And time marched forward. And my sweet cheeked, pigtail wearing girl is now in second grade. With both child-blessings in school all day I have arrived in the life season I was pondering about on the couch that day.

I look back at that time and nearly laugh out loud to myself. Because God is more patient then I am. He waits to reveal what you need until you actually need it.

The vision I was casting for myself on the couch that day wasn't at all what really happened. But what really happened, was so much more then I could ever have imagined.

He will use you, when you are ready. When you have the time to commit to it. When you are no longer torn between being a toddler-Mom and a purpose-driven woman.

This is when opportunity knocks. When you are actually able to open the door and welcome opportunity in.

Linking today with Lisa-Jo…
Five Minute Friday


Lori said...

Beautiful Post! And oh so true! I realized long ago not to look any further than the moment, or season I'm in, especially with my kiddos. Both are now in their teens with one looking at colleges. Opportunity continues to knock for me as well. Thanks for sharing your heart!

Unknown said...

Thanks, Lori! Takes a lot of trust to wait for God to present opportunities and so easy to try to make them happen yourself. His are the best by far! Appreciate you stopping by and leaving a comment!


Sara H said...

"But what really happened, was so much more then I could ever have imagined." Loved that line. It's always wonderful how great God's plans are for us compared with our own. (Visiting from FMF)

Unknown said...

You totally left me hanging! :) I want to know so much more about what actually did happen!

Would love to get to know you better -- I have an online sisterhood, if you'd like to be a part of it. You can go here to get the info:

Unknown said...

Okay - just realized that I had been here before! I think you may have linked up before. Anyway, please accept my apologies and hope to see you at SDG sometime soon! :)

Unknown said...

Thanks, Jen! I appreciate your comment! I actually just emailed you about SDG.

Sara, thank you for your encouragement! Please come back and visit again!


Leah said...

Such an honest post.
Yep, its those "crusty couch" moments that can take us by surprise.
Thanks for your kind comments on my post.

Unknown said...

So good! Now I need to poke around and find out what the grand plan was for you. So glad I saw your tweet.

Unknown said...

Looks like I'll have to write a part 2 to this FMF. I guess it was like a tease to not share more specifically. You'll have to check back to find out. :) Glad you came for a visit! Thanks!

Courtney said...

So many mamas wonder about this - me, too! I love your perspective on it now, and look forward to learning more about how God is using you as I get to know you better. Hugs to you, Christy!

Unknown said...

Thanks, Courtney! Glad you stopped by! We can be so eager to move on to the next stage, but when we get there, we look back with sadness that it's over. Whatever stage you're in, take time to enjoy it because it all goes by so quickly. And there is plenty of time for God to use you. In fact, he already is.

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