Your time and chance…
This blog was punctured into being by a discussion with a senior colleague this afternoon. (Thank you for the push Memory Mugwagwa.)
I say punctured because for weeks I have been haunted by the following scripture that I had read and heard so often but did not understand it the way I do now.
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. [Ps. 33:16-19; Rom. 9:16.]
Ecclesiastes 9:11 AMPC
Everyone understands how the swift may lose the race and how the strong may be floored. We can easily attribute it to many things from human ego to human frailty.
Everyone understands that our confidence easily turns to a bundle of nerves when the unexpected happens.
But I love the later part of the scripture.
But time and chance happens to everyone….
This is my liberating moment and I want to share it with you.
Everyone has the DNA to be a champion and everyone can stand on the summit of the highest hill : If only they awaited and bided their time and chance.
Some miss their time and chance by moaning over the speed of those who have obtained their time and chance.
Some lose patience by seeing the first one hit the rope but do not realise that if they had put more energy, time and chance would have landed them a photo finish and a joint first on the podium.
Time and chance come to those who await with patience , diligence and acumen.
Elisha was a prophet in a town that had at least fifty more prophets who were tuned to the spiritual going ons because they even prophesied to Elisha the imminent departure of Elijah but despite their being tuned to the correct spiritual wavelength they missed the chance and time to the double anointing and remained the ordinary city prophets.
All they sought to do was to remind Elisha of the pending pain and loss but they did not realise that the same departure could also earn them the double portion.
When the local town seers tried to derail him, Elisha remained focused on what was going to get him the double portion of anointing :
And when they had gone over, Elijah said to Elisha, Ask what I shall do for you before I am taken from you. And Elisha said, I pray you, let a double portion of your spirit be upon me. He said, You have asked a hard thing. However, if you see me when I am taken from you, it shall be so for you–but if not, it shall not be so.
2 Kings 2:9-10 AMPC
Elisha’s time and chance to the double anointing was not centred on moaning, comparing, complaining or even grieving the imminent loss of his revered Master. No. It was premised on him remaining alert, steadfast and focused.
As they still went on and talked, behold, a chariot of fire and horses of fire parted the two of them, and Elijah went up by a whirlwind into heaven. And Elisha saw it and he cried, My father, my father! The chariot of Israel and its horsemen! And he saw him no more. And he took hold of his own clothes and tore them in two pieces.
2 Kings 2:11-12 AMPC
….. and Elisha SAW Elijah being taken !!! Therewith the deal sealer. Therewith his time and chance and the rest is history.
Every man has his time and chance but many miss as they focus on the tune and chance arriving for others.
Focus, patience, alertness and vision will land you your time and chance.
On your marks….