At Our Side

Posted on: 7-15-112016


With a lot of focus on the Olympics right now, I remembered one of my favorite Olympic stories from the past.  Derek Redmond competed in the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona.  All was going well until his hamstring tore, leaving him unable to run.  However, the injury didn’t leave him unable to finish the race.  Despite what had to be unbearable pain, he continued to hobble toward the finish line.  His bravery and determination are undeniable, but that’s not all there is to the story.  When Derek’s father saw what happened, he fought off security to reach his son.  With tears in both of their eyes, Derek and his father made it across the finish line.  It wasn’t the outcome they had hoped for, but it’s an outcome that speaks volumes about their character…volumes more than even a gold medal would have spoken.

Each and every one of us are running a race called life and each and every one of us have been in Derek Redmond’s shoes before.  We have been running with everything in us when, suddenly, we are derailed by a tragedy.  We may keep hobbling toward the finish line, but victory has been snatched away in the blink of an eye. And just as Derek’s father came to his son’s rescue, our Father comes to our rescue.  Nothing will stand in His way!  He will wrap His arms around us and go with us to the very end.  If necessary, He will pick us up and carry us across the finish line.



2 Responses to "At Our Side"

So true and so beautiful, thank you for this reminder 💜

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