Who is the Author of this Opportunity?

Does opportunity thrill you or scare you?

I’m usually in the thrill category. Anything new and exciting, I’m on it. Somewhere I can embrace my passions and serve God at the same time? I’m on it!

But lately I’ve had a little root of fear crop up. What if I fail? What if I start down this path, and realize I chose wrong? What if it stretches me too much and I break? What if–God forbid–I trip up and set a poor example?

I’ve been taking myself too seriously. And not taking God seriously enough. We often think we have created an opportunity by being diligent, by sewing seeds, by serving. Then, because we think we created it, we feel obligated to follow through. The reality is,

God is the Author of Opportunity.

Boy, does that ever take the pressure off! If opportunity comes, it’s a gift. It’s not something we must ‘take on’, it’s something we receive. It’s not something we can fail at, as long as we hold the gift with open hands.

The New Year is full of opportunities–both private and public. Ones that will allow others to see God through us, or ones that will allow us to see God in the quiet of our own hearts. I am suddenly relieved by the perspective that these opportunities are not obligations, but gifts. And we need only receive the ones with our name on them. And then God, the author of that opportunity, will give us the grace to walk that path until His goals in us are achieved.

I tell ya’ll, I’m just relieved. Deliciously relieved.

Embracing the opportunity to freewrite with Lisa Jo today. Oh, I apologize if at times in the past week you’ve popped in and the blog looks like a messy closet with clothes thrown everywhere…I’m in the middle of reorganizing and trying on new fonts and colors for my redesign!

25 responses to “Who is the Author of this Opportunity?”

  1. Becca {ironic adventures} Avatar

    That’s what I need to learn – to look at our new challenges as “gifts.” Thanks for stopping by my blog with your encouraging words.
    -Becca

  2. Mary Avatar

    Oh, dear Trina…this is lovely. Just beautiful!

  3. Alice W Avatar
    Alice W

    Thanks for this, Trina. God bless you this new year as you embrace all the opportunities and plans God has for you.

  4. Paula Barnett Avatar

    Resting in this truth you embrace! God, the Author, provideth all that I am here to do! Everlasting freedom in this!

    1. Trina Avatar
      Trina

      I know, right? I feel like a can breath so much easier now…

  5. Dolly@Soulstops Avatar

    Hi Trina,

    Thanks for visiting my blog and being so encouraging about my ebook on Soul Care, but first I would like to write the manifesto…Your words about opportunities being gifts to receive is so timely and wise…Thank you 🙂 Nice to meet you 🙂

    1. Trina Avatar
      Trina

      manifesto, ebook…I’ll take whatever you write on the subject!

  6. Crystal Avatar

    “we need only receive the ones with our names on them”….oh the grace. The sweet grace of those words, the reminder that I can stop chasing other people’s dreams and opportunities and trust God with the ones He has planned for me. To pray about the one’s He has for me. Beautiful

    1. Trina Avatar
      Trina

      Crystal, delighted to have you stop by.
      You know how Sarah Markley says, ‘write until God surprises you”? That line was the moment in yesterday’s post that surprised me. Totally God. I’m savoring it, too…

  7. Shannon Coe Avatar

    The timing of this post is just too precise to be anything but God. Thank you, Trina.

    1. Trina Avatar
      Trina

      Well, I can attest He had a lot to do with me even hitting publish yesterday. I’ve been so doubtful of my ability to discern which of my words need to ‘go live’. This is sweet confirmation that He was with me yesterday.

  8. Mia Avatar

    Hi Trina
    Yes, and I am glad toooo… I love your wisdom and insight for realizing that opportunities are gifts and funny how others at times think they know better than us what those opportunities are!! Sad to say, I have done that myself to others! May we only receive those with our names written on. Nice to meet you at FMF.
    Much love
    Mia

    1. Trina Avatar
      Trina

      Lovely to have you visit, Mia! You know, I never thought of opportunities as gifts until yesterday… I believe God spoke that to me as I wrote yesterday…does that ever happen to you? I think God likes FMF. 😉

  9. Jennifer Peterson Avatar

    Love this and love that your playing with things on your blog!! So fun:)

    1. Trina Avatar
      Trina

      Thank you, dear!

  10. Amy Walker Avatar

    Love this and love the new header!

    1. Trina Avatar
      Trina

      Well, thanks! I think I like it, too. 😉

  11. Katie Avatar

    What a wonderful reminder Trina! I like your new header. I’m in the process of switching to wordpress today. I was wondering how your updated show up in my blogger feed when you are now using wordpress?

    1. Trina Avatar
      Trina

      Oh, my dear…I am not one to ask about wordpress or any technical question! I have no idea. Try tweeting your question with the hashtag #savvyblogging maybe?

      1. Katie Avatar
        Katie

        No worries, I just found it odd. 🙂 beautiful header!

  12. Jennifer Kindle Avatar

    great perspective. about a year ago I asked the Lord to keep me from going after opportunity but that I would walk through any opportunity that he threw at my feet. And, I have, and I’ve been blessed!

    1. Mandy Avatar

      Jennifer, I love how your word picture of God throwing an opportunity at your feet. I will be praying this, too! So glad I read your comment.

    2. Trina Avatar
      Trina

      Love it. It’s way more fun, isn’t it? So much less pressure than the things we put on ourselves…thank you for sharing, Jennifer!

  13. Monica Avatar

    I love this: “If opportunity comes, it’s a gift. It’s not something we must ‘take on’, it’s something we receive. It’s not something we can fail at, as long as we hold the gift with open hands.” Such a great perspective, and one I need for this year! (visiting from Lisa-Jo)

    1. Trina Avatar
      Trina

      Monica, blessed to have you visit! Happy New Year!

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