“Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it.” 1 Corinthians 9:24
The squirrel outside my window was determined to obtain his/her prize this morning. Our feeder is situated so as to discourage any animals but the birds to eat from it. This did not deter him in anyway. He stretched out, almost suspended in space and crunched on the yummy forbidden kernels. Oh to have that type of determination. As I watched, I wished that I could stretch like that, when faced with challenges.
Instead, I usually turn away and tell myself that whatever I am facing is too hard for me, so I give up. Then I begin to make excuses that if God had wanted me to have it, then He would have put it within my reach in the first place.
Does God only give us things that are within our reach? Does He desire us to stretch out into thin air where we might fall? How many things have I not received because I have not put in the time and effort to reach for them?
I am not sure of all the answers this morning, but I do know that with God EVERYTHING is possible. Philippians 4:13 Our limited thinking keeps us in our little cirlces of existence. I am sure that God looks at our situations and prods us to look a little farther than we can see or imagine; for He knows the great things that are waiting out there for us that we can not see.
I was blessed this morning by my little furry friend. I am ready to face my day, wherever it leads me. I hope that God has me stretch out somewhere to grab my prize. It is the only way I’ll get it, so I better try. My eyes are wide open, ready to find my opportunity.
Be encouraged today. God has something wonderful planned for you. Reach out and grab it when it comes.