The Window of Opportunity

Reading for Today: Proverb Chapter 1

Gold Nugget
Verse 28: Then they will call on me, but I will not answer; they will seek me diligently, but they will not find me.
A man at work once told me of the relationship between him and his dad. After a severe disagreement as a teenager, he left home and refused to communicate with dad for years. Even though he knew he was in the wrong, he felt like he needed to teach his father a lesson through shunning him. For the first year, he refused his father’s attempts to reconcile. He told me that he didn’t intend to shun him forever, but somehow the years began to stack up. Five years turned into ten years and so on. Eventually, the family accepted the son’s apparent decision to never speak to his father again. After a while his pride owned him and even his inner desire to reconcile was overruled by years of hardness. After the death of his mother, his father remarried and moved out of state. Somehow, even though there wasn’t anything improper about his father’s decision to remarry, it made it easier to maintain his boycott of his father. As the years passed and he became a father and then a grandfather, he really came to understand how innocent his own father had been for all those years. Finally, he decided to make peace with him. Even though he now wanted to make peace, he knew that he would have to absorb years of foolish behavior. He just couldn’t bring himself to admit such horrible actions. He figured that as long as he did it before his father died, everything would be okay. One day he got the news that his father had cancer and wasn’t expected to live very long. He knew that time was short, but a new scenario rose within him. He felt that a confession of years of rejection to his father while on his death bed would appear dramatic and possibly unfair to his father and the rest of the family. So he didn’t. As it turned out, he never made contact with him before he died. After his father died, he felt like it wouldn’t be right to attend his funeral since he didn’t attend his life. This man that I work with wore a face of sorrow that I couldn’t bring peace to with my best efforts. This man had missed the window of opportunity to make peace with his dad on several occasions. I can’t help but think of this man’s story and how it relates to the rejection so many practice towards their Creator God. They do like today’s “gold nugget” speaks of, Then they will call on me, but I will not answer; they will seek me diligently, but they will not find me. People may not want to acknowledge it, but we only have so many windows of opportunity to call on Him before those opportunities are no more. One day, our lives will be over and it may be sooner or later. In addition to that, we don’t know the day or the hour, but when we expect it least, He will return to take to Himself His own. At that point, all windows will be closed.   

Lord, help us to keep from being deceived into postponing our decision to make peace with you. Remind us that years of rejecting you does not make our heart grow founder, but instead colder. Amen

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