If You Miss a Bus…

I just finished watching, “All About Steve”, a comedy featuring Sandra Bullock and Bradley Cooper. Most comedy movies actually contain some insightful knowledge before the ending. This one was no exception. I was barely through watching half of the movie when one of the characters, a helpful truck driver, said to Mary, played by Bullock, “If you miss a bus, I’m thinking maybe you weren’t meant to take it.” And right then and there I said to myself, “I have to blog about this.” So here I am. Don’t worry, there’s a point to all of this.

The reason why this quote stuck out to me is because I personally love metaphors. And this was such a major one! Hopefully, you caught onto the fact that it was a metaphor. If not… well, I’ll try my best to explain what this one means to me.

“If you miss a bus, I’m thinking maybe you weren’t meant to take it.” The truck driver could’ve been talking about missing a literal bus, but my mind dives deeper than that. To me, the bus symbolized an opportunity. If you miss an opportunity, maybe you weren’t meant to take it. We are all given chances and opportunities- reconnecting with an old friend, taking on a new job, getting hitched, or even buying an ice cream sundae from Dairy Queen on the way home from work. The funny thing is that sooner or later, we all miss chances and opportunities too.

You may have hesitated to make a decision, you may have waited too long, or you may have taken a different route. The point is that opportunities come and go and we are bound to miss some really good ones. The thing that most people don’t realize is that we can’t possibly see the big picture. We don’t know what circumstances are coming our way. We can’t predict our futures, and we can’t believe that every chance we get will be our only one.

God opens doors and He closes them too. He throws our plans into the garbage and makes His own. Truth be told, we really have no idea what God’s doing in our lives right now. His timing is not like ours. While we may get impatient after a few minutes of waiting in line at the cash register, God has unlimited time to spend! He knows what He’s doing.

You may have recently missed a great opportunity. The thing to remember, though, is that God has a specific plan for each of us. If things didn’t go the way you planned them, so what? It’s not yours to decide. Sometimes He allows us to miss out on opportunities because He has something GREATER in store for us! Sometimes we really aren’t meant to take them! If you have any regrets right now, let them go and start to trust that God’s doing something bigger and better than any of us could imagine. You may have missed a bus or two, but don’t worry. There are plenty more coming your way.

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4 comments

  1. James

    What if the situation was screaming at you and you still mess it up…. I recently had a chance to accept an amazing offer someone made on our family house and I really felt like God was giving me all the signs to sell.This is because at the moment my mother is completely dependent on me as she doesn’t drive and our house is in the middle of the country side, which means my life has been kinda put on hold for the past few years and I feel that is holding me back from doing the work God has put in my heart. I ended up not accepting the offer because my sister was freaking out about losing our family home and also I met this woman on the street who somehow convinced me that I would need this house in the country in the very ‘end days’…..she was a Christian obviously, but so am I and I had thought about that whole issue but still felt like God was telling me to sell. I has also spoken to people at my church and they said that it would be better for everyone in my family to sell…. I ended up getting confused and waited too long to decide and as a result we missed this AMAZING offer, like 30% more than we were asking for originally…amazing, especially considering the state of the UK economy right now. A few days later my family suddenly changed their mind and decided ‘actually we think we should sell’ at which point I knew that I had been right all along and had been correctly reading God’s signs, but by then it was too late and we had lost an incredible opportunity. I really feel like God is shaking His head right now saying to me ‘oh son, if only you had been more single minded and had more faith in what I was telling you!’ Now we have to start from scratch all over again trying to sell the house.

    Please give me some words of encouragement.

    Thank you.

    God bless

    • Anonymous

      The only encouragement I can think to tell you is that God’s grace covers all. And he loves you more today than he’s ever going to love you, despite your missed opportunities or disobedience . I can tell you from experience that Satan likes to keep us trapped in condemnation and guilt. But where the spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty (2 Corinthians 3:17) and we can approach the throne of grace with confidence (Hebrews 4:16). So repent, turn to Him, and then leave it in its hands. He can turn situations around no matter how you’ve messed up. But only if you let go. I will pray right now for you.

  2. pastorkenny

    Good thoughts! I also like what Dave Ramsey says about “Opportunity Costs”. He says that if I take advantage of one opportunity, it may cost me not being able to do something else. For example, if I am saving up for a new car stereo and I need $400.00 for the stereo and I have that much saved, but another opportunity comes along to go on a trip with my friends, the trip may be fun, but I will miss the opportunity for the stereo to be purchased. Yes, I can wait and save again… but that’s the cost of the opportunity we gain or lose.

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