I was telling a friend just last night (or maybe the night before) about an opportunity that I felt like I’d missed out on. I ran into an aquaintance last week that I hadn’t seen in several months. We were making small talk and he asked something about my church. Afterwards I realized that I think he was opening the door to me inviting him to church or to take the conversation a bit deeper. So, I was commenting to my friend that I felt like I’d blown the opportunity that God had placed before me — in fact I didn’t even recognize the opportunity till after it had passed. Yeah, I’m slow.
Well today I’m out to lunch with my coworkers and I see this same aquaintance come walking into the restaurant. We eventually make eye contact across the crowded room and exchange friendly waves. So, after lunch I went over and said hello again. I think I said something about it was odd to run into him again so soon. Then I took off back to work. Like I said… I’m slow.
So, tonight as I’m thinking about my day it hits me… God crossed our paths again today for some reason. Maybe it was for me to open the door a bit more with this guy. Or maybe it was just so I’d start to recognize opportunities that He puts in my day. Whatever the reason, God’s funny that way. He orchestrated my day and this other guy’s day so that we’d run into each other, just a day after I’d realized the first meeting was a God opportunity. God is funny.
Well, I’m pretty sure I’ll take advantage of the opportunity if I run into this guy again in the next few days. But, the bigger question is… How can I better recognize God opportunities when they show up?