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Opportunities in Disguise

Watched an HBO movie called “Evan Almighty” last night.

It’s about a US congressman (named Evan) directed by God to build an Ark in front of his house to prepare for the next “Big Flood”.  Evan lost his job in the Congress as a result. His pretty wife (Lauren Graham), thinking that his husband was insane, decided to leave him with the kids.

In a restaurant on the way to her mother’s house, Mrs Evan met God. God (Morgan Freeman) appeared (as a waiter) and inspired Mrs. Evan with the following words (which I also found very inspiring):

“When a person prays for patience, do you think God will give him/her the patience he/she needs? God will only give him the opportunity to learn to be patient.”

“When a person prays for courage, do you think God will give him courage so easily? Instead, God will give him the opportunities (all necessary challenging situations) for him to become courageous.”

“When a person prays for love, God will give him the opportunities to learn how to love.”

Inspired by God, Mrs. Evan went back to help Evan complete building the Ark.

It is truly an inspiring story. A story about life’s learning.

How can we be patient without having learned to be patient? How can we be courageous without having learned to be courageous…….?

How can we learn without appropriate lessons?

When things don’t turn out to be the way we want, we can regard them as “failures”, we can also regard them as “lessons for learning”.

Use the words of Cherie Carter-Scott in her book If Life is a Game, these are the rules” :

“We are all enrolled in a full-time informal school called “life”. Each day in this school we will have the opportunity to learn lessons. We may not like the lessons, but they have been designed (by God or Life what ever we like to interpret it) as part of our curriculum…..and

there are no mistakes, only lessons ……A lesson is repeated until learned….Learning does not end.”

Like studying in a school, we have to repeat (a grade) until we have passed the tests or examinations before we would be promoted to a higher grade and given more advanced materials to learn.

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  1. Cherie says

    TS, thanks for your sharing. A good lesson for me and inspired me to think more for my planning of 2009.

  2. Olivia says

    I’ve watched that movie too. The opportunities might dress themselves like unsettling situations pressing you to reflect and change your typical behavior.

    We think we are smart, but we might be always in the dark.