If we analyze this true story, we can reach various conclusions. Obviously, this immigrant family did not realize that the food comes with the ticket. Perhaps they were misinformed or they had trouble speaking the language. Were they quiet and shy, not wishing to mix with the other passengers? Whatever the case, they missed out on some great food.
Somebody said, "Four things come not back, — the spoken word, the sped arrow, the past life, and the neglected opportunity." Many have missed obvious opportunities because they were simply not aware that it was what they were waiting for. Looking far ahead when it is clearly staring us in the face is a common occurrence among many people. But the majority just give up altogether and surrendered to "que sera, sera" mentality. They would argue that it is useless and wishful thinking. That's why, many have been overtaken by others' keen aggressiveness and unyielding determination to pursue opportunities and open doors.
The book of Revelation shares an important insight, "To the angel of the church in Philadelphia write: These are the words of him who is holy and true, who holds the key of David. What he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open." (Revelation 3:7, NIV) This verse provides us a timely reminder of how we should view the events and opportunities that come our way. When we begin to think about it, it is either we force our way into every opportunity with a "hit and miss" experience or look at every situation whether positive or negative as an opportunity and see results. However, if we will allow and trust in God's ability to open the opportunities for us, I believe we will go through life without any struggles whatsoever. But bear in mind that I am not endorsing a laid back mindset like the story of Juan Tamad and the guava fruit. While he was able to reach easily and pluck the fruit but because he was lazy, he decided to just wait patiently for the fruit to fall right into his waiting open mouth.
You might find this a funny story but believe it or not, there are many that have adopted this kind of attitude. They patiently wait for an opportunity to come at their door when in fact; every aspect of life has one already waiting for us to grab it. The ability to distinguish what is a right opportunity from a wrong one is clearly marked. Yet many have opted to go the wrong way due to narrow-mindedness and utter desperation. Remember that a gloomy perspective dulls the ability to see great opportunities. Therefore, aim to change the way you see things that nothing is impossible to those who believe in God because with God all things are possible (Matthew 19:26). And this is optimism at the highest level. What are you waiting for? Never look at you circumstance but look towards God instead.
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