“I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favor to men of skill; but time and chance happens to them all.” Ecc 9:11
Bob Johnson is a nature photographer of unnatural ability. His works have been featured on Magazine covers and are in wide commercial use. At his website, I found a couple of pictures which exemplify what Solomon wrote about in Ecclesiastes. In one of them you’ll see that Bob was composing a shot of a magnificent sunrise, when on to the stage came this buck that apparently was equally captivated by the glory of the rising sun.
Bob was in the right place at the right time and was prepared to take advantage of his good fortune. Being in the right place at the right time can make a big difference in the outcome of any venture. No amount of planning, strength, skill, etc on his part could have arranged the moment. But Bob was prepared for the moment that only God could arrange.
That’s the way it is in life… Good luck favors the prepared. Or so it seems… I’m not a believer in luck, but I do know that when “time and chance” happen, it favors the prepared. Who are the prepared? Read the first part of the verse. The prepared are those who have trained to be swift and strong. Those who have grown in skill (knowledge), understanding and wisdom (applied knowledge).
My advice today is to get prepared and when the opportunity (chance) comes (timing) you will be in a position to take advantage of it. This theme to be continued…