Norman Cates shared the humorous story of a guy who prayed this prayer every morning: “Lord, if you want me to witness to someone today, please give me a sign to show me who it is.”
One day he found himself on a bus when a big, burly man sat next to him. The bus was nearly empty but this guy sat next to our praying friend. The timid Christian anxiously waited for his stop so he could exit the bus.
But before he could get very nervous about the man next to him, the big guy burst into tears and began to weep. He then cried out with a loud voice, “I need to be saved. I’m a lost sinner and I need the Lord. Won’t somebody tell me how to be saved?” He turned to the Christian and pleaded, “Can you show me how to be saved?” The believer immediately bowed his head and prayed, “Lord, is this a sign?”
Most of us can relate with the story of this man. We used to live by default without a clue aboutwhere our lives should be headed. We were aware of the fact that God created us for a purpose and we have tremendous potentials that enable us to fulfill purpose.
After a long search for life’s meaning, we find purpose and at first we feel on top of the world but then we go back to sleep, waiting for one big opportunity to do something great with our lives. When opportunities come, we are afraid to take them. So, we play a religious card and ask God to show us a convincing sign that he is leading us to seize the opportunity.
There certainly is nothing wrong with asking for signs and seeking his directions before we take steps towards fresh ideas. But seeking God’s will is an active process and not an excuse for inactivity.
So, this is the point: are you currently seeking the discovery of your purpose? Prayerfully identify a need around you and meet it. Start from where you are. If you have found purpose, maximise every opportunity that comes your way. And if you can’t find any opportunity, create one!
I call you blessed!
Quick Question: How can a person identify opportunities? How can they be created? Please leave a comment.