Grace and peace be unto you.
The journey continues…
The Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games were rescheduled to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The athletes spent many years training for this event and many of them prayed to win a medal.
Recently, I sadly watched as some athletes prematurely left the games due to injury. The look of disappointment on their faces spoke volumes. After investing so much time and energy in preparing for this lifetime opportunity, they will return home knowing that their injuries prevented them from receiving a medal. The Bible says, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose” (Romans 8:28). God is the only one who can change our perspective so that we recognize his plan. In moments of disappointment, he wants us to cast our cares on him, and he will comfort and show us the path we should take.
The Apostle John wrote, “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us” (1 John 5:14). An eye-opening moment at the Olympics occurred when two athletes entered the same race and prayed that God would help them to win the gold medal, which means there would be a tie. Nonetheless, one of them won gold while the other got silver. The athlete who received the silver medal was disappointed because she trusted God for the gold, but God knows what is best. He answered both prayers according to his will. Oftentimes, when we ask God for things, we do not know the outcome, hence a good rule of thumb is to relinquish our selfish expectations, be open-minded, and trust him. This approach will prevent unnecessary disappointment.
We do not know all the criteria that God uses to answer our prayers but we know He responds according to His plan for our life. Therefore, we can give him thanks when the answer is unexpected. The Bible says, “Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” ( 1 Thessalonians 5:18).