Welcome to another Friday edition of Five Minute Friday. This is when Kate Motaung gives the word prompt and we write for five minutes, link up and share together. If you’d like to join us, click here. Our word prompt today is: MORNING
I awoke with the 6 AM alarm but instead of getting up, I rolled over.
When I came downstairs 30 minutes later, the moon was just above the tree line and disappearing rapidly. I grabbed my camera and snapped a few pics from the safety of the house but the moon was descending quickly and I had only seconds to grab it before the trees blocked my lenses’ view.
I stepped out in the cold; donning my fuzzy white robe and bright red slippers. I snuck down the sidewalk as far as I could with the house shielding me from the road traffic.
(That’s all people need to see in starting their day… the pastor’s wife precariously balancing herself on the patio chair in her robe, slippers and snapping pictures at the moon…. “Good morning, world!”)
I was okay with the few pics I snapped but was disappointed in missing the full, spectacular view I could have captured had I gotten up with my alarm.
The moon was down, the sun was up… the opportunity gone.
There’s a saying, “Seize the opportunity of a lifetime in the lifetime of the opportunity.”
I wonder sometimes how many opportunities God has laid out before me that I have missed because of laziness, lack of motivation or simply not paying-attention.
There are other opportunities I have missed because of fear. Fear of stepping out, fear of getting it wrong, fear of failing. All of these can seem very real in the moment and overwhelming to our ability to step out in faith.
And that’s where His grace, peace and assurance come swooping in to rescue our hearts.
- Was I disappointed I had missed the moon at its full height? Yes
- Was I disappointed I had forgotten about a great deal online that I was going to take advantage of but then forgot and the coupon expired? Yes
- Did those whispers of “you-of-little-faith” jab at me as I walked away from an opportunity God had set up, but fear took over? Yes
But this is what I’ve come to know.
I can wallow in the mud-pit of regret – OR – I can say,
- Next time… I’ll do better!
- Next time… I’ll step out.
- Next time… I won’t let fear rule the day.”
We can beat ourselves up over the things we’ve done wrong… said wrong… thought wrong… and just plain-old screwed up – OR – we can pick ourselves up, move on from there and say…
This morning is a new day with no mistakes in it.
It’s a good mantra to take with us into the day. Let’s get out there and begin again!