Aug 17, 2008

What are You Waiting On?

Have you been as wrapped up in the Olympics as I have? Oh, there's nothing like watching the best athletes of the world compete for the #1 position in their personal sport. I love it!! My favorite event to watch thus far has been, of course, the Michael Phelps show. Can you believe that EVERY time he raced he won a gold medal? Unbelievable. But what I loved watching even more was Dara Torres. You might not know who she is, but her story is phenomenal. She is a 41-yr-old American swimmer who is competing in her 5th Olympics. She won 3 medals for our country this year, bringing her career medal count to 12! She's amazing. She's also a mother of a two-year old daughter who is anxiously awaiting her mommy's arrival home. When asked in an interview what she would tell her daughter someday about this Olympics Dara replied, "To never put an age limit on your dreams." Don't you love that?

A more obscure athlete that I saw only tonight was a 33-yr-old female gymnast from Germany. She competed in the individual vault competition and walked away with a silver medal hanging around her neck! Now, I'm only a couple of years older than she, but I can't picture in my wildest imaginings barreling down a runway, catapulting myself into the air and twisting myself into a pretzel before landing ever so delicately on the mat. What she has accomplished at such an advanced age is inspiring. I guess no one ever told her to put an age limit on her dreams either.

How about you? Have you been dreaming of something but have yet to see it come to fruition?

I know that as I battled with panic attacks and paralyzing fear for close to 10 years, I began to lose hope that I would ever gain the victory over them that I had been praying for. I began to think that there was no way that I would ever be free from this predator that seemed to chase me down wherever I went. I had simply been battling for too long. However, God, in His own timing crushed the head of the one who pursued me. And while He did so, He also taught me how to fight. If He would have just delivered me the first time I cried out, I would have no clue how to handle the next attack that came. I had to wait, yes. But what I got out of the wait was more valuable than a simple delivery from harm. I received my battle gear, the Art of War instruction manual, and the confidence in the power of my God.

Have you lost hope in the wait? Be encouraged, friend! Your God has not forgotten you or hung you out to dry, for He has promised that He will never leave you nor forsake you (Hebrews 13:5). Be assured that He is right there next to you accomplishing a great thing in you. It may be possible that He is teaching you to fight with Him instead of against Him. He may be teaching you patience, I don't know. But what I know beyond a shadow of a doubt is God is faithful to his people. He will not let you down. . .He will save you.

"Why are you downcast, Oh my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God." Psalm 42:5

He IS your Savior.
He IS your God.

And He will come through. And sister, I promise you, what He has for you will be worth the wait.

Father, it is difficult to be patient when we are so uncomfortable. But, Lord, please help us to trust you while you accomplish great works in and around us, and help us to learn the lessons you are trying to teach us through it all. We love you, amen.

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Diana said...

Hello Precious One : )

I would like to tell you a short story concerning the gymnast who represented Germany this evening. This woman defected from Russia so that she could take her son to Germany so that he could receive the most advanced treatment for his cancer. It was a long and very hard struggle but God made a way.
He is NOW in remission.

She also struggled for years with unbelievable pain that was driving her from competition. After many doctors and specialists who said she would never recover she met an awesome Chiropractor who is Carly Patterson's doctor. He was able to take away her pain after only a few visits and today she won the silver medal.

God is soooooooooo Good!!!!!!!

We don't always know the journey that God has placed before us, all we can do is walk the walk and know that through HIM all things are possible regardless of the limits we want to set upon HIM.

Keep writing and know that you are loved.

"Only" in His Strength, Diana

P.S. The Chiropractor that I mentioned above is the same one that I send my clients to and trust completely with my own children. He is also the one that told the silver medalist to get her son to Germany so that he could receive the advanced cancer treatment that would save his life.

Paige Head said...
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Paige Head said...

Thanks for reminding us that we should put our eyes on God and remember HIS plan. So many times I can not understand the things around me because I am walking around with blinders on only able to see my little realm of life. And it is good to hear that age does not matter and we should push ourselves.
I miss you girl. Looking forward to hanging our again soon.
:) love you.