Missed Opportunities


When I was much younger, I used to really agonize over missed opportunities.  I spent alot of time wallowing in the what if’s, if only’s and I could’a beens, when I felt I had missed an opportunity … a job, a relationship, something fun.

But, one of the advantages of getting older is that you can see events from the perspective of previous experiences, and you know what I’ve learned?  G.O.D  I.S  I.N  C.O.N.T.R.O.L.!  Yeah, I know, I’ve heard that all my life, but I’ve arrived at a time in my life when I actually well and truly believe those words with all my heart … and that makes a huge difference in how I perceive everything that happens in my life.  I pray for God’s guidance all the time, so if I miss an opportunity, I’ve learned to look around and ask myself, “Then what does He want me to do instead?”

Case in point.  DD and I were going to go to a blogging conference in Nashville this weekend, but we aren’t able to go.  I’m sorry to miss the opportunity, but there will be other blogging conferences.  And do you know what God gave me as a consolation prize?  Hubby and I get to spend the weekend in Chicago with our granddaughters!

God’s plan is always the best one.

13 Responses to Missed Opportunities

  1. Amy O says:

    I’m sorry you are missing your conference. On the bright side, perhaps we will be able to meet this weekend. It is suppose to be in rhe 40’s by Saturday. Save travels.

  2. Sandra says:

    Amy — I hope we do get to meet! That would be a great “consolation prize” too! 🙂

  3. Beth says:

    So sorry about the conference but if you are anything like my parents (and I do think you are!), then time with the grandkids is a great consolation prize.

    What a wonderful truth to have internalized. I’m still working on that one. 🙂

  4. Sandra says:

    Yes, Beth that is a GREAT consolation prize! I’ve left Jen a comment on her post about this to tell the girls “Nana’s bringing GAMES!” We (the girls and I)LOVE to play, Bingo, Sorry, Boggle, Concentration, etc.

    You know, even though I WAS looking forward to the conference, it just never felt totally “right” although I imagine it would have been fine once we got there. But, this? Going to Chicago to see the girls? THIS feels PERFECT! God is good.

  5. cathy says:

    Just saying :hi” – I haven’t in awhile. Because we had the grandkids here and I’m starting to teach Chickie about games (Sam and I play something almost every day! Card games, Yahtzee, etc.) Chickie and I played a Bob the Builder game (Concentration). Pretty soon she’ll come see me and she’ll say, “Grammy, are you ready to play a game?” And I’ll always be ready! That’s how the nieces and nephews are – always know I’m ready for a game!

  6. I’m sorry you won’t be going, but I know DD and the girls will really love having you with them. And I heard you are brining games…sounds like my kind of weekend!

  7. Sandra says:

    Cathy — Hi! Know you must have loved having Chickie and Zoodle there for a whole week! Concentration is a great first game, isn’t it. They can understand that one pretty young. You play Yahtzee?! I love to play Triple Yhtzee. Too bad we don’t live closer, we could play it once in a while. I don’t get to play it very much (Hubby isn’t as enthusiastic about games as I am.)

    New Diva — I’m sorry to miss meeting bloggers, but I’d REALLY rather see the girls. So, this is perfect. I hope I get to see you while I’m there!

  8. Dina says:

    First off, thanks so much for stopping by my blog and commenting! I’ve enjoyed reading some of your posts and will be stopping back regularly.

    Your post today really hits home. Events of the past several years have convinced me that God is much better at planning my life than I am – of course I still need to be reminded of that too often. 😉

  9. Sandra says:

    Dina — I had seen your comments on Sam’s blog often enough that I just decided I wanted to know a little more about you! Blogging works that way, doesn’t it.

    I’m glad if my post spoke to you. I think that’s what God wants us to do — share any insights we get, don’t you?

    I’ll be back to your sight too. 🙂

  10. You’re so right. I am SO happy to be secure in the knowledge that I am not in control. Such a sense of peace. Wish I could give it to everyone.

  11. Barb says:

    …and I was, thinking how much more I was going to learn about blogging after you went to the conference.
    …but I would pick time with the grandkids over anything!….I bet you have been to the American Girl Place and the Cheesecake Factory in Chicago…
    Have a great time!

  12. Sandra says:

    Barb — I haven’t been to the American Girl Place, but DD and her daughters certainly have. And, the Cheesecake Factory, I have a nose for those, it seems, whereever we are. There is one right in front of Dilly’s mall in Tulsa — tooooo convenient!

    We did have a great time.

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