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"But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall
mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they
shall walk, and not faint." (Isaiah 40:31 KJV)
Ho hum. Are the Olympics over yet?
I know that as a avid sports fan I was supposed to get excited about
the 2000 Summer Olympics down under, but I didn't. Part of my problem was
I was distracted by the Oakland A's run for the championship of the AL
West division. Go A's! But that wasn't all of it. For a good portion of
the Olympic games I was out of the state and couldn't get the A's on television
The conference center I attended didn't have cable, so my choices were
limited. I could watch the Olympics or some lame sitcom, so I did watch
some of the games. The coverage seemed, well, different. It was sort of
a news magazine format, you know, like 60-minutes or 48-hours. It didn't
feel like a sporting event. Now I'm as nosey as the next fellow, so I don't
mind getting the scoop on an athlete's personal life, but to tell you the
truth, I'd rather watch the competition first, before I get up close and
personal with a 400 pound shot putter.
Then there was all the new events. Trampoline. Really? Since when did
gym class become an Olympic event. At this rate, in 2004 there might just
be a towel popping contest. (Now that's an event I could enter.)
My problem with the games wasn't the way they were packaged or even
the changes over previous years. I didn't like knowing who won before watching
at night. With the speed of the Internet, I knew who won when I turned
on my computer each morning. I should have waited until the evening to
find out, but my curiosity would get the best of me. Because I couldn't
wait, the suspense was ruined. Knowing the outcome made it hard to sit
down and enjoy the competition at night.
When I'm going through struggles, I wish God would just tell me what
He is doing in my life. Instead, He tells me to trust Him for today and
not worry about tomorrow. I want Him to hurry. He wants me to wait.
Waiting can be a good thing.