I’ve been thinking lately about the connection between opportunity and obstacles. Years ago I read that the Chinese word for “crisis” is composed of two characters, one meaning “danger” and the other meaning “opportunity.” Sounds about right…It seems like anytime you walk through the door of opportunity, you walk straight into a wall of obstacles.
The classic example of this principle can be found in the Old Testament account of the Israel’s refusal to cross the Jordan River into the Promised Land. You remember the story; God led Israel out of slavery in Egypt and right before they were to cross over the Jordan spies came back with the report that there were fortified cities and even giants that would have to be overcome. And you know the rest of the story; they shied away from the challenge and spent the next 40 years doing laps in the wilderness.
Here are some random observations about opportunity and obstacles that rise to the surface in that story:
So don’t be discouraged by obstacles—that just means you are knocking on the door of opportunity! Chuck Swindoll said it like this: “We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations.”