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Today you will triumph!

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I have been glued to my television over the past two weeks watching the coverage of the Olympic Games held in London and admit that this situation, a result of having to rest while my back heals (or else) is probably the most positive thing to emerge out of my sick leave.  I cheered as my favourite athletes won, and cried with those who experienced defeat.  I especially wanted to jump right through my television and hug Felix Sanchez of the Dominican Republic – he was so emotional – and Gabby Douglas as well as Kayla Harrison of the USA who all had amazing stories.  Yes, I loved the stories the most; stories of overcoming health issues/injuries, abuse from coaches (Kayla was sexually abused by her coach when she was 13 years old yet won gold in judo), financial hardship, unbelievable training schedules which sometimes led to having to move away from your family (Gabby had to relocate to another state and her mother by the way filed for bankruptcy in January of this year) and constant focus on the goal.   Olympic athletes go through so much! I wondered how someone could train and sacrifice for 24 years towards an Olympic Gold.  Well maybe, if you finally win one (as happened in a men’s sailing event) but what happens if you don’t?  When do you decide to call it quits?  How do you justify all of the effort when your moment of glory is permanently defined within minutes or seconds?  And should we in our little Caribbean islands dare hope for Olympic Bronze medals far less Gold?  After all aren’t we but miniature David’s competing against international super power Goliath’s?
Well as the games progressed we saw that it was not only about perceived might and extra-thick armor but also about great faith and smooth strategically aimed pebbles.  For example, how else could we explain Grenadian Kirani James winning the 400m so convincingly?  How else could Keshorn Walcott of Trinidad & Tobago dare be the best in the world at throwing the javelin?  And did we really see Ramon Miller of the Bahamas overtake the USA on the last leg of the Men’s 4x400m final?  As for Bolt and the magnificent team of Jamaicans … well, that’s another story in itself!  So many of our athletes made it through to the finals and made us so very proud (just watch this short clip as everything came to a standstill in the middle of Broad Street in Barbados while people witnessed Ryan Brathwaite’s performance in the Men’s 110m hurdles).  Yes, these results were indeed what some commentators termed ‘unexpected upsets’ but in reality, the upsets were just what God meant them to be: already proclaimed resounding triumphant victories for the Caribbean!
But now it’s your turn. As we look ahead to another week, I encourage you to reflect on the story of David and Goliath (found in chapter 17 of I Samuel). Is there currently an overpowering “Goliath” threatening you? Have you asked God to help you take off the heavy unnecessary armor you may be wearing (made up of blame, betrayal, depression, defeat and worry) in preparation for battle? Do you have your smooth pebbles ready in your sling? Will you dare to be triumphant? Well I am ready; what about you?
Verse for Reflection
So David triumphed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone; without a sword in his hand he struck down the Philistine and killed him.
I Samuel 17:50 (NIV)

Author: galeweithers

Barbadian mother and lover of laughter; story teller and best-selling author; happy to follow God's lead and to live my mantra: "you've gotta be a rainbow in the lives of others when it rains."

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