Oct 29, 2013

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MEDITATION: Windows of opportunities

MEDITATION: Windows of opportunities

Rejoice in your hope (Romans 12:12).

I the God of Israel will not forsake them. I will open rivers on the bare heights, and fountains in the midst of the valleys; I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water (Isaiah 41:17-18)

This week someone made an important remark.

That is that a life without prospects is mostly a life without meaning and hope. How very true this is. That when our life consists only of the same gruelling and exhausting patterns and routines every day – so that coming home there is almost nothing left to do than just to eat and fall asleep (often in front of the TV)  – life over time loses it spark and lustre.

And wé start losing our energy and enthusiasm to embrace and enjoy life to the full.

On the other hand: how exciting and full of meaning does life not become when you have prospects, new possibilities, something you can again look forward to this week? – like for instance: an appointment for tea or supper with a good friend, an upcoming visit from an old friend or a family member, an exciting concert or movie that you are planning to go and see, an outing into nature etc.

Yes, even the possibility of a change in work or environment, or just having  work as such, can lighten up our tired eyes and make our hearts beat faster. Someone once compared the value of prospects with windows of opportunities, of curtains that are being lifted or drawn in the dark, empty and oppressive spaces of our lives, offering us new light, fresh perspective, different opportunities.

We are blessed and should feel deeply grateful when there are such windows of opportunities, such exciting prospects in our life today. Because – and that we must never forget – there are also thousands of people around us who, in their loneliness or illness or daily struggle for survival, must do without any hopeful or exciting prospect or opportunity today.

For those who believe in God, these hopeful prospects of course also have to do with God’s constant provision in their lives – God’s transforming and renewing work to which Isaiah testifies so movingly in chapter 41.

On these promises we may always count.

Carel Anthonissen

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