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Where’s the OPPORTUNITY in This?
By Steve Rogers
Paradox: the concept that two diametrically opposed ideas are both true.
One paradox of life is this: Every obstacle is also an opportunity. These words are two sides of the same coin. Many proverbs and quotes express this idea. In 15 B.C., the Roman poet, Horace, said, “Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents which, in prosperous circumstances, would have lain dormant.” Helen Keller observed, “Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” In The Sound of Music, Maria sighed, “When the Lord closes a door, somewhere He opens a window.” Warren Wiersbe put it simply: “The bumps are what you climb on.” This concept comes straight from James 1:2-4: “Consider it a great joy, my brothers, whenever you experience various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. But endurance must do its complete work, so that you may be mature and complete, lacking nothing.” James says, in effect, that the obstacle you have just encountered – that boulder in the middle of life’s road – is there for your benefit. You have the opportunity to develop more joy and patience. But it doesn't stop there. Your patience (or endurance) will serve to make you fully mature, “lacking nothing.” God will use that obstacle to sand off all of your rough edges - your imperfections – and make you more like Him.
When that next obstacle crash lands in your path, causing a delay or detour on your carefully planned itinerary, perhaps God wants to take some heavenly sandpaper to some of your rough edges for a little hands-on sanctifying. God has a destination for you. However, God is not so much interested in how you get there, but what you are like when you finally arrive. So when that obstacle comes (and it will), instead of getting frustrated, ask, Where’s the opportunity in this?