Mar 4, 2013

In The Words Of Captain Jack Sparrow...

Aye, aye Captain Jack.           
The truth of those words, hit me this weekend. 
There will be things in life we perceive as problems. 
The problem is usually our attitude... 
The gift is found in the problem, as we look back, witness the change that comes from rearranged attitudes.

In the span of 24 hours I spent time with a man, a veterinarian who though he cared for animals, neglected himself.
He owned it, felt unworthy of another chance. The chance was given... grace and mercy are lovely gifts.
The recipient of a double lung transplant, given new breath. 
New dreams are the overflow. He is dreaming of fish he will catch from his backyard as he watches the morning sun rise over vast waters, giving thanks to the God who saved him. His breath though gentle, speaks volumes of his faith, in a God who is Healer, Protector, Glorious Giver of Life.
A miracle God provides through gifted, trained human hands.

Twelve hours later...
I watch my son and teammates run, like fluid motion, strong and determined. Lean, muscular bodies, trained by thousands of hours over pavement and path, as lungs open, breathe deeply of oxygen, to find numbers that defy most of our imaginations to run 800 meters, 1500 meters.
I see a boy, now a man, strong in body... who refused to quit when it got hard.
 Training as a college athlete I do not have to experience, to see the blessing.
 I am a witness to the gift.
A miracle the human body can achieve, through God's gifts.

  A contrast these men are.
One, breathless to walk across a room, as his morning began.
The other, with breath that takes him 20 miles on a Sunday morning run, before his day starts. 

They have more in common than meets the eye. The beauty, the grace, the gift... from God, who loves and adores them.
They share an attitude of trust, gratefulness and faith in a God, who gives oxygen as the need arises.
They seek to run the race God has placed in front of them, different, yet the same glory is desired for their God. 
A miracle as I look at them.

Paul spoke of the race before us in Hebrews 12:1
"Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside
every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, let us run with endurance 
the race which is set before us."

This is the race set before these men. The same race is ours. What do we do with it, when the problems arise, when the breath leaves us.. gasping for air?
Will we recognize the strength lies in our attitude... towards the Father?

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