A member of the 2014 Winter Olympic Team really made me think. Were there things in my life that I thought I ‘couldn’t live without?’ Because chances are, I’d be fine. I might even learn to thrive without them.
Nick Goepper, a men’s Slope Style skier had an unfortunate accident. Skiing in New Zealand last year, he broke his hand. He couldn’t hold on to the ski poles due to the pain of the break, so he decided to keep skiing without them.
He qualified for the Winter Olympics, skiing and jumping without the poles. And he won a Bronze Medal doing the same thing. It was unheard of to participate in Slope Style without the balancing help of ski poles.
Nick took a huge negative and made it work for him. He thought he had to have those poles to succeed. But he was able to turn that negative into a huge positive. (I wonder how many other skiers will try it?)
This Olympian was a perfect example of experiencing a door that closed. He couldn’t rely on a piece of equipment he’d been using for years. I think I might have given up. How can I go on without the tools I need?
But God provided a window. He gave Nick the strength he needed to persevere. Even though it looked hopeless, he continued to practice and eventually excel with his handicap. He refused to see that closed door as the final answer.
What liability has God given you that gave birth to a new asset?
Have you ever faced a slammed door? I’m sure you have. Maybe you’re staring at one right now. It’s not a fun place to be.
I can guarantee Nick didn’t come to his decision immediately or lightly. I’m sure he had his dark days. The “Why me?” and “What now?” days. All of us who wake up to find a brick wall instead of a door have those days too.
Every day moves in rhythm with the Spirit. Each moment breathes with the sure hope that there is a window. Yes, God will provide that next step, along with his help and a new direction.
To identify the new way, I must sit quietly in prayer. I have to listen to my heart and the words of encouragement and instruction that the Lord sends. No matter what is facing me today, God will show me the way to shine in it. I was created to overcome with him, not sink into despair.
The new perspective will come if I persevere, just like Nick did. Climbing through that window, I’ll succeed in ways I never thought possible. And like the Lord planned all along, I’ll gain the wisdom that tells me God had to brick up that door. If he didn’t, I’d never leave it.
There’s so much more planned for you and me. Let’s not let one locked door stand in the way. Come on…let’s find that window!
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