Giants or Opportunities

“I meant to end it like this. When the Inquisitor ceased speaking he waited some time for his Prisoner to answer him. His silence weighed down upon him. He saw that the Prisoner had listened intently all the time, looking gently in his face and evidently not wishing to reply. The old man longed for Him to say something, however bitter and terrible. But He suddenly approached the old man in silence and softly kissed him on his bloodless aged lips. That was all his answer. The old man shuddered. His lips moved. He went to the door, opened it, and said to Him: ‘Go, and come no more….Come not at all, never, never!’ And he let Him out into the dark alleys of the town. The Prisoner went away.”

“And the old man?”

“The kiss glows in his heart, but the old man adheres to his idea.”

 From The Brothers Karamazov, F Dostoevsky.

The above quotation was the introduction to a sermon we recently heard – more than heard – that left a mark on the soul.  The year 2009 – will it bring Giants or Opportunities? And no, I’m not talking about books. Although, the sermon did inspire me to read The Brothers Karamazov – because standing on the shelf it loomed gigantesquely – but once opened and slowly read it soon changed into a looking-forward-to-read opportunity. 

What giants in your life changed into opportunities?


One thought on “Giants or Opportunities

  1. I read this a couple years ago; a very significant book. Found it helpful to keep a list of names because as I recall there were 2 or more names for each character and I was getting terribly confused. Finally got the hang of it , though, and it was worth it.

    My “giant” was infertility, which I faced for 15 years. It taught me to surrender to God, to live HIS plan for my life. There are opportunities to grow deep faith in every trial that we face.

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