Hello. Sort of feel the urge to tell you a story, that I know I have told before. Can’t remember if it was here or not. Feel free to skip it if you know it. I would. It’s quite long, hope it isn’t too long.
When I was at school, I was rubbish at sport. Really rubbish. In fact if being rubbish at sport ever became an Olympic Sport, I would be a multi gold medal winner. (I understand how unlikely this scenario is)
Believe it or not I actually spent some time as part of a class hockey team. Not because I had suddenly become a hero with a hockey stick but because:
a) My friends were all in the team and they wanted me with them – however burdensome I was.
b) No one else wanted to do it.
For a while it wasn’t too difficult. I was a defender in a really good team so the goalkeeper and I spent more time playing air guitar with our sticks than actually staving off attacks. Eventually though, and despite my best efforts, we were promoted. Then it all went wrong. I kept finding myself up against much better players, players that my friends could not protect me from. Week after week I watched wingers maraud past me, and put in amazing crosses. It was really hard work. I could have taken out shares in witch hazel, I spent so long bathing bruises. But I carried on. I turned up every week and although I was praying to be dropped, I decided that I wasn’t going to walk away. I trained hard – to no avail and my worst fears were confirmed when we played the league leaders. When I saw their winger I immediately demanded a sex test. She passed me again and again, legs pumping like pistons. I was having a torrid time. Then, out of the blue as she ran towards me again, I breathed hard, remembered the training for once, stepped into the tackle properly and smashed the ball back upfield. It was a brilliant tackle and it seemed to break my opponent’s spirit. Either that, or she was too shocked to continue.
The spectators were as surprised as anyone else. As we trooped off the pitch at the end – I could hear people openly saying – How did SHE manage that? My gym teacher, who I thought could barely remember my name, replied to those around her. “She deserved that. She kept going. Made sure that when the opportunity came she was ready for it. Right place right time.”
I wish I could say that this was the start of a great hockey career but I was soon out of the team and they were better for it. (Much better) but I still think about it sometimes. When I am tempted to give up and walk away, I think – what if I miss it? What if the good thing happens and I have legged it out of there?
Maybe that is what this means
Galatians 6:9-10The Message (MSG)