Recently I saw a marquis at a local business that brightly proclaimed: “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”
Really? That’s all there is? The random conversion of who you are with situational outside forces? … What if it’s more than that? What if the “preparation” actually includes all the special ways God created you? Your skills and abilities. Your passions and desires. And what if the “opportunity” is more than some random external force? What if it is a situation especially designed for you by your loving Creator?
How much more would it mean to know that you’re not just existing in a world of happenstance? God created you! He gave you specific abilities. He put a passion in your heart for specific things. Not just randomly – but because he has opportunities waiting for you that will allow his glory to be revealed.
I think the marquis should more accurately read: “Purpose is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.”
For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. – Psalm 139:13-14
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11
And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns. – Philippians 1:6
In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, – Ephesians 1:11