Eccl.9:11 (AMP) I returned and saw under the sun that the race is not to the swift nor the battle to the strong, neither is bread to the wise nor riches to men of intelligence and understanding nor favor to men of skill; but time and chance happen to them all.
… people wouldn’t have to lose out in life, their limitations notwithstanding if they would only try…
Things are not always as they seem in life. Besides, looks can be very deceptive and distractive on the pathways to significance. Therefore, we would need more than meets our naked eyes to fulfil destiny.
Consider this true life account:
All the odds were against Zacchaeus. Being a man of little stature, he was obviously disadvantaged- paralyzed by circumstances beyond his control; and absolutely without any fault of his …
“If only my very short dad had married a much taller woman…” he often wished.
Moreover, for Zacchaeus, the fact that everyone around was much taller than he also meant that they were better equipped for life and more qualified for every good thing of life.
And that included THIS golden opportunity!
Judging from the number of ‘better privileged’ and ‘more fortunate’ people around, he definitely stood no chance at all in this contest and context. Or how on earth could he ever catch even a glimpse of Jesus- let alone gain His audience amidst this mammoth crowd of much taaaaaaaaalllllllllllller people…?
Doubtlessly, he stood no chance at all!
However, as he contemplated on giving up and returning home, he had this nudge deep within to stay on. Something told him deep inside that even though his chances were slim in this life, never so with the Lord!
Furthermore, he considered that even if everyone around seemed luckier, more naturally endowed, and better equipped for life than he, they could only limit his chances if he wallowed in the murky waters of self-pity and got himself crippled by intimidation. He then concluded that defeat on the outside would always follow defeat on the inside.
After all, on his last visit to the synagogue in Jerusalem hadn’t he heard the citation that the race doesn’t have to be won by the swift or yet the battle by the strong?
Hadn’t the rabbi explained that opportunities cut across and that people wouldn’t have to lose the race of life to those who have it all by this world’s standard- if they would rather be preoccupied with how to maximize every opportunity that comes their way?
And didn’t the rabbi go on to exhort that people wouldn’t have to lose out in life, their limitations notwithstanding if they would only try?
Bearing all these in mind Zacchaeus concluded that THIS golden opportunity was worth the try…
Please deliver me from the defeatist attitude which paralyses men and prevents them from seizing life’s opportunities.
Please help me to always remember that even if my chances seem limited by life’s circumstances, my chances are never limited with YOU; for You are the God of, not just the second chance, but many chances. Amen!
Funmi Adebayo © 2013
Excerpted from Stepping Up To Be Seen (Funmi Adebayo, 2013).