Windows of Opportunity
“When you have that window of opportunity called a crisis, move as quickly as you can, get as much done as you can. There’s a momentum for change that’s very compelling” Anne M Mulcahy
There comes a time in our lives when we are faced with windows of testing, windows of blessing, and windows of opportunity.
When Noah built the ark, there was a window of opportunity. When he was faced with adversity and doubt, there was a window of testing. In the end, because Noah held onto his faith, and the window to the ark was opened, there was the window of blessing.
“After forty days Noah opened a window he had made in the ark and sent out a raven, and it kept flying back and forth until the water had dried up from the earth.” Genesis 8:6-7
I am sure there were times that Noah felt worn out, waiting for the promises from God to come to pass. He probably grew tired taking on such a big project, and dealing with opposition the entire time. Whenever a crisis comes our way God does not leave us empty handed. He gives us the tools we need to carry out the tasks he gives us, and the grace to sustain us through our trials, until we reach our promise. People may call us crazy at times for having such great faith, but faith pleases God. (Hebrews 11:6)
Most times the windows of opportunity, that usually fall within a crisis pass by us, because we are too caught up in the moment that we forget to see the silver lining, or the opportunities for blessings that lie ahead of them.
“Problems are only opportunities in work clothes.” Henry J. Kaiser.
“Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.” Malachi 3:10
God understands doubt more than we know. He instructs us to trust Him. Test the waters, and see if God will not pour out a blessing bigger than we could ever imagine. Not that we should do things for God, always expecting something in return. But, expect that if you heed the word of God, an answer to every problem is just around the corner, along with the promise of a blessing/reward for our faithfulness in the end.
“So, she let them down by a rope through the window, for the house she lived in was part of the city wall. She said to them, “Go to the hills so the pursuers will not find you. Hide yourselves there three days until they return, and then go on your way.” Joshua 2:15-16
Rahab, was in a pretty sticky position. She was taking a risk by hiding the two men/spies in her home. But, she had faith in what the Lord has already done for them, so, in faith she kept them hidden. In return, her life, and her family were spared.
Sometimes our windows of opportunity are time sensitive, and can go against every grain in us. We can either heed God’s instruction with obedience, or reject it. The choice is yours; time is a luxury that we as humans do not have, so seize every opportunity, do as much as you can to keep up momentum, because there is an opportunity for change to take place. I feel that this is the year of change. It can be change for the better, or change for the worse, that really is up to you. It isn’t always easy, but nothing worth having is going to be easy to obtain. Run as if you are in a race, and don’t give up.
“Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.” 1 Corinthians 9:24
What obstacles or giants are you facing today? Daniel faced his giant with a single stone of faith. Noah faced his mountain by pressing on with the project God had given him, regardless of adversity. Rahab knew God’s faithfulness, so she did what she knew was right regardless of the risks that lay ahead. I’ve heard the saying,”The will of God will never take you where the Grace of God cannot protect you.” This simply means “God is faithful.”
“But the Lord is faithful, who shall stablish you, and keep you from evil.” 2 Thessalonians 3:3 KJV
Trust God, and watch miracles unfold. Be Blessed!