Saturday, July 25, 2009
Have I missed the opportunity?
I finally watched Evan Almighty a few days ago. The movie wasn't one I would call a "must see", but I had nothing else to do, and it was on HBO. Something "God" (or Morgan Freeman, as I like to call him) said to Evan kinda struck home with me.
"When people pray for patience, do you think God grants them patience? Or opportunities to be patient? When people pray for courage, do you think God grants them courage? Or opportunities to be courageous? When people pray to grow closer to their family do you think God sends along warm, fuzzy feelings? Or the opportunity to spend more time with family?"
Maybe all those times I've prayed for love and happiness, God has given me the OPPORTUNITIES to love and make myself happy. And maybe, just maybe, I haven't seized those opportunities. Maybe love doesn't always come in making a ruckus with flashing lights and signs directing us toward it. Maybe sometimes love tests us before we realize it has even entered our doors, and maybe we just fail those tests. I mean, love does require patience and courage. Maybe I have neither.