Lindsay Elizabeth, Cynical idealist.
Steven Bradbury, an Australian speed skater was not a favorite to win his event at the 2002 Winter Olympics and that’s a bit of an understatement.
In the quarter-finals race, only the top two advance to later rounds and Bradbury was up against the defending world champion and the guy with the record for most Winter Olympic medals ever.
To put it lightly, he was fucked.
He ended up finishing third, but to his luck, one of the top two was disqualified for obstructing another skater.
And so Bradbury advanced to the semi-finals, where he was up against even more talented competitors.
Even his own coach thought he had no chance, so they formulated a strategy.
Bradbury would stay behind the rest of the group hoping one would fall and take the others out.
For the vast majority of the race, Bradbury was significantly behind the rest of the group, not even close to being on pace.
But in the final seconds, one person toppled over, bringing the others with them. Bradbury finished first, moving onto the finals.
Once again, he wasn’t even comparable to the other skaters: he spent the majority of the race trailing behind them, nowhere close to the front.
As his competitors went rushing through the final turn, one fell.
Bradbury finished the last few meters of the race, taking gold and becoming the first person from a southern hemisphere country to win a Winter Olympic event.
You missed the part where he got 111 stiches in his first Olympics in 1994, almost died from the blood loss and had to learn how to walk again, literally, after another skater sliced him open. That’s why, he’s an Australian hero. He literally almost DIED doing what he loved and he kept going for another 8 years to become an overnight success.
Victory is in the hands of God.
But, you aren’t getting any until you get to work.
Count the cost.
And, if you can afford it, pay the price.
I believe in miracles. Strongly.
But as soon as the Israelites stepped across the Jordan, the manna from heaven stopped.
It’s time to get to work.
With the Holy Spirit within us, by prayer and by sweat and with constant obedience to the Law of God, we will gain the victory that was denied to our faithless and man-fearing forefathers.
With decades, multi-generations, of sweat and study and diedication.
Real, consistent obedience and service to God and man.
And when we get the victory over craven and corrupt and evil men, we should give thanks.
And then, with our faith in God rewarded, work to expand that victory, deepen our obedience to God’s Law-Word, extend the Kingdom of God.