I am sure by now there are a number of blogs centered on the Olympic Games. We have watched victory after victory as champions are recognized for their success in a particular event. Doesn’t it amaze you that God will take what we are experiencing now and use it as a platform for a life lesson? When I went to sleep on Friday night the Olympic Games was the farthest thought from my mind. In the wee hours of the morning I began to see pictures of gymnast practicing and soaring through the air. In my sleep I begin to wonder why was I seeing this. I got a sense that it was not their strengths that made them champions, it was when they took the time to develop their weaknesses so it could compliment their strengths. By developing their weaker muscles it enabled them to out pace their opponents.
I am sure this was triggered by the documentary I was watching on Martha and Bela Karolyi while sitting in the dentist chair on Thursday. What caught my attention was Kerri Strug who in the 1996 Olympic Games performed her second vault with an injured ankle. On her first vault attempt it was obvious she injured herself. I could see Bela Karolyi telling her “we need this”. Then I saw her run with unspeakable speed hit the vault land on both feet (in life that’s what we’re all attempting to do), acknowledge the judges and then collapse to her knees. The completed vault guaranteed the US team a gold medal. With teary eyes me, the dental technician, and dentist watched Bela carry Kerri Strug off the platform. Later, I learned that she had a third-degree lateral sprain and tendon damage. She sacrificed any chances of participating in any other gymnast events.
How did she do it?
What gave her the capacity to continue on when it seemed as if all hope was gone? My mother would have said she dug down into her gut and pulled up this unspeakable strength.
After I had the dream I began to meditate on II Corinthians 12:9 -10.
9 And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
It seems Kerri drew some inner strength from Bela cheering urging her onward. Isn’t that what Christ does for us? If we were honest with ourselves often we pray for God to move the situation instead of boasting in our infirmities so that the power of Christ may rest upon us. God’s grace is sufficient to take us through all trials that we may face in life. God is right there with us encouraging us to keep pressing forward and our strength is made perfect in our weaknesses. When I am weak then I am strong. For in my weakness, more the power of God’s grace can be manifested in my life. Paul looked beyond his weakness and pain and looked to what God was working in and through him. Because of his affiliation it forced him to stay close to God so that he might experience God’s strength. Throughout my life experiences, it is in the trails of life when my roots were deepened.
You heard the saying “NO Pain No Gain” so it seems in our spiritual walk.