Nothing in life just “happens”. There is preparation, precedence, and activities that go on before the event. In spite of this knowledge people on all levels come into decisive moments acting as if there is nothing that they can do about what is about to happen. One side of a relationship assumes that relationships just “are”, nothing can be done to nurture the mysterious link between the two parties. Managers assume that mere instructions will suffice, actions, modeling, and engagement are interesting but not on the critical path. Even foot soldiers make a fatal assumption that they do not have to think or understand – just do. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Each have a role to play and that role requires practice and preparation.
The need to preparation doesn’t begin and end with human events. Even with God there is work to do! John captured something when he described the moments just before an event. “The Seven Angels with the trumpets got ready to blow them.” (Revelation 8.6) The question that lingers is our understanding of what this means in the present.
Politicians know and understand intuitively that each moment presents opportunities for active engagement. Long before a new opportunity presents itself they are scheming, anticipating, and dreaming through the nuances of the moment in time. Imagine a world where this same discipline was applied to opportunity for mercy, love, and acceptance. Dream of a world where forgiveness is applied with the same rigor as manipulation. Can you describe what might unfold if we defended the rights of the oppressed as vigorously as we do our egos?
With preparation possibilities happen. Yet preparation requires the most courageous step that we will ever take. To prepare to be God’s hands, eyes, and voice requires our participation in God’s miracle for our life. As we express our desire to be part of the journey with God the transformation and participation begins. Everything is possible! Every dream a reality! Every life full of potential! Everything triggered and realized by preparation that starts with a “yes” to God.