Wednesday, December 9, 2009

"If a tree falls in the forest and no one is there to hear it . . . "

A friend invited me to be a guest on his radio show last week to talk about blogging.  I have to confess that although I agreed to do the interview, I wasn't looking forward to it because I am, by nature, an introvert.  It was a one hour segment, he did a great job as an interviewer and host, and I actually had fun!  Here's the kicker:  after the show, we discovered that there was a glitch and the show failed to stream to his website, failed to record for a later podcast and apparently failed to broadcast over the air!  When I realized this, all I could think of was, "If a tree falls in the forest and no one is there to hear it, does it make a sound?"   Here I was worrying about someone hearing me fall and there was no one in the forest to hear it!

It was funny!  I was nervous and anxious about what ultimately turned out to be just a two person conversation.  I felt badly for my friend because he puts a lot of effort into his radio show and website and the failure was not of his own making.  I also felt a little lame for having stressed over doing the show.  I wonder how often you and I stress over things are are "never going out over the air", as I did?  I wonder how many opportunities are missed because of our fears?  I wonder how many times that God just shakes His head and thinks, "It was just going to be the two of us and he'd actually enjoy the experience if only he'd trust Me"?

How do you avoid missed opportunities?

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