It is strange how things break into our life at times. We go along in our routine, then all of a sudden something unusual pops up. We generally think it will be bad news, but not always. An unexpected person or situation will come along needing our time and attention. Often, our Lord is presenting us with an opportunity, testing our judgment, asking us to use wisdom, moving us out of our comfort zone, looking for courage, or maybe all of these. It is easy to function in the routine of life. I am certainly one who is happy with this. But it is the unexpected that presents us with opportunities for ministry and growth. The Lord has His ways of opening our eyes and stretching our hearts. It is in these times that we can come closer to Him and bring honor to His name.
“If only we had …..” What an expression of a missed opportunity, whether that of taking advantage of something good presented to us, or our not listening to wisdom that would have kept us from trouble. God said this to His people through the Prophet Isaiah. “I am the LORD your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go. If only you had paid attention to my commands, your peace would have been like a river, your righteousness like the waves of the sea. Your descendants would have been like the sand, your children like its numberless grains; their name would never be cut off nor destroyed from before me.” (48:17-19) Our God is a God of love, forgiveness, and a depth of grace beyond our understanding, but He is also our Maker who knows what is best for our lives. Oh, that we would pay more attention to His Word, and seek Him for every path of life. Then there wouldn’t be so many times we would have to say, “If only we had ….”