I look back with a great deal of regret over wasted years and opportunities in my life. But Paul says that the only way to move forward is to put the past behind and focus on what is ahead: “Instead I am single-minded: Forgetting the things that are behind and reaching out for the things that are ahead, with this goal in mind, I strive toward the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:13-14, NET). Forgetting the past means that I accept God’s forgiveness and grace; however, it does not mean that I overlook the lessons learned from those years. I hope to make the most of every opportunity God gives me now because of my regret over those missed in the past.
Every day is a day of opportunity to do something good. Opportunities do present themselves where we do or don’t expect them. In order to take full advantage of opportunities first we need to recognise the opportunities by positioning ourselves in situations where opportunities are more likely to happen. Also, we need to ask the right questions which will lead to the right answers and bring the right results.
Acts 3:1-12 tells the story of the lame man who laid daily at the gate of the temple called Beautiful. When the lame man saw Peter and John he asked them for alms, but since Peter and John didn’t have money to give to him they used that opportunity to heal him (Acts 3:6). Peter and John recognised the opportunity to do a miracle and they went for it. It sometimes makes me wonder if the lame man would have got his miracle if they had money on them. After seeing the manifestation of the power of God, Peter saw another opportunity to preach the word of God which he did and about five thousand people who were there believed and were saved Acts 4:4.
Deborah was a great woman of God! She was ready for God to use her even in unorthodox ways that she likely imagined. When God instructed her to go, she did as He said, making the most of her opportunities. God is not a respecter of persons; if He used Deborah He can use you!
The bottom line is whatever opportunity present itself be prepared to cease the moment and not to let your fear hold you back.