I wasn’t fast enough
Remember when you learned to row crew? It was like a light turned on. It was so beautiful, so fulfilling, that even though you were in your late 20s, and you’d never been “sporty,” you yearned to do this. You wanted to be very, very good at it. You wanted to express all those qualities of grace, beauty, strength, and power.
You decided to row competitively. You fought the thoughts that said, “You’ve never been athletic . . . you’ll certainly fail.” It was a battle that went on all summer, every summer.
You wrote passages from the Bible and Science and Health on your hand before each race. “God gave man dominion.” 1 “Right motives give pinions to thought, and strength and freedom to speech and action.” 2 Remember how these relaxed you? Then the words became part of your oar as you pulled with all your might.
You were afraid. You might fall into the cold water (this happened—and you were protected). You won’t finish the practice without getting sick or injured (this happened—and you were healed). Others might make fun of your mistakes (this happened—and you learned about forgiveness, and about your own completeness and wholeness as God’s child).
After rowing for ten years, through many coaches and mistakes and victories, you won an entry in the largest rowing regatta in the world, the Head of the Charles. You rowed the difficult, three-mile race. In a single shell. You and God. And you had fun! And you felt God’s pleasure when you rowed.
The practitioner supporting you was as happy as you were.
“But,” you said, “I wasn’t fast.”
“Don’t worry,” he said. “You will be.”
You worked out all winter long. And you prayed. Not to be the fastest. Not to be the best. But to express God’s strength and power and glory. To be the best teammate and best expression of God you could be. And not to be afraid of anything.
The next season, the practitioner was right. You came “out of nowhere” and became one of the fastest, strongest women on your team. You rowed nationally, and placed in the top five in every race. Then you rowed internationally, and faced down the demons of injury and nervousness. And you did well. All for the glory of God.
When you read this, remember to trust God to save you, tell you what you need to know, guide you and guard you from fear. Don’t ever believe that success comes only from the world’s prescription for prosperity. Chart your course with God. Rely on Him. Be willing to change your course or even abandon it at His direction. Help others thrive as you have.
You’ll win a victory that will never be forgotten, and a glory that will never fade.
Topics: Sports | Tags: athletics, row crew, speed