Do you recall that quote of John Lennon's: Life happens when you're busy making plans.
I notice opportunities work that way too. In fact, they often show up at highly irregular times... hardly when it's convenient. They come when there is suffering to be alleviated, when our heads are aching, when life is twirling in fast forward, when the grocery line is at a standstill. They arrive -- blam -- in the middle of it all, totally oblivious to what we consider ill-timed arrivals.
I've noticed that opportunities (however small) usually bring us to a cross-roads, that place where we must make a choice. Shall we stay or go? Shall we turn here? Shall we do this? I wonder how often I've let circumstances stand in the way of what I said I wanted because it didn't look exactly the way I thought it should.
I have been learning that sometimes in order to reach my destination of that 'perfect' whatever, I need to go through the open door that's available right now. And because we trust that God promises to direct our steps, even if I can't possibly see the 'why' of doing this, I know He knows the steps to get to the next door.
I guess in all this musing, the message I'm getting for myself is to have the boldness and courage to just do something--anything--rather than waiting for everything to line up perfectly. An opportunity is just that... an opportunity. I can take it or leave it.
I love what Star Wars Jedi Master, Yoda, tells Luke Skywalker when he says he'll give it a try. "No. Try not. Do or do not. There is no try".
Sometimes it's that simple. Do or do not. Step up and make the choice. One way or the other it clears the mind of confusion and lifts the fog from our path.
Wishing you a wonderful day,