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Opportunity in Disguise [FMF]

I don’t think I’m the only one who avoids hardships and hurtful moments if at all possible.  In fact, it is normal for most of us.

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However, struggles are unavoidable. We will all face them. And I’m discovering that’s not such a bad thing.

It’s often in and through the suffering where opportunity is most present. Refinement through fire allows us to grow, mature, sympathize—to become humble and moldable. To become most Christlike.

We are the most available and most accessible when we are at our weakest. We have the most potential when we have nothing to hold onto and nothing to offer except Jesus Christ Himself. (←Click to Tweet this!)

In other words, the greatest opportunities usually come when we are least expectant, when we feel least capable. Because it is then we are properly prepared to accomplish tasks in His strength, not our own.

I’m not sure I’ll be welcoming tough times anytime soon, but such verses as the one below does give me pause to think maybe bad times aren’t so bad after all. Maybe times of difficulty are really just opportunities in disguise.

“But He said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.’ Therefore, I will most gladly boast all the more about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may reside in me. So I take pleasure in weaknesses, insults, catastrophes, persecutions, and in pressures, because of Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:9–10

Q4U: Have you ever considered weakness as a good thing? Do you have a story to share of a disguised opportunity? I’d love to read about it in the comments.

By His grace ≈

Julie

Rejoining the Five Minute Friday gang to freely write about the topic of the day. Today’s is “Opportunity.” Join us to write your own—it’s great therapy—or read others’ inspiring messages (Note: Lisa-Jo is having difficulty with the Linky, so you may have to check out the linked posts in her comments.)

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Find hope in your real-life struggles. We'll chase it together! I am a wife; mom of 4 (including a young adult daughter with special needs); miscarriage mom of 5; author & follower of Jesus Christ. I write, edit, speak and enjoy everything outdoors.

2 comments on “Opportunity in Disguise [FMF]
  1. David Ozab says:

    None of us welcome tough times, but they come along anyway, and Christmastide is a good reminder that no matter what God is always with us. “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall
    conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” (Isaiah 7:14) Emmanuel—God is with us. May God bless you.

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