The past week my brother & I have been getting lots of virtual exercise as armchair kibitzers cheering on athletes from all over the globe competing at the Winter Olympics in South Korea. (How ’bout those dashingly domineering Norwegians!?!)
After watching various snow-cross skiing, aerials & snowboarding events (yaaaay Chloe Kim, Jamie Anderson, Shaun White & Red Gerard!), it’s amazing how these athletes fly up so high to do their ‘tricks.’ Especially doing them under pressure, like Shaun White’s third run where he laid down something truly phenomenal to win gold medal in the half pipe. (Why do they say they ‘put down a run’ when they’re leaping & flipping up so high over the pipe course?) hmmn. Virginia, a snowboarder is not, but she likes to watch them (a bit more exciting than curling, not to offend avid curling fans out there, but what’s up with that?)
Methinks these ‘high-flying’ athletes need extra strong courage muscles to fly hundreds of feet above what is essentially a large block of ice covered with snow. Or flying up into multiple aerial flips over a snowy mountainside. Many rebounding after injuries to compete again = really strong courage muscles = inspiring.
And this relates to Lent, how? Maybe our courage muscles need a bit of spiritual encouragement to open the wings of our hearts to fly a bit higher (at least take a few flippety-flaps, however wobbly, more than 2 feet away from our comfortable nests?)
“Why do you complain…’My way is hidden from the Lord; my cause is disregarded by my God?’ Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” (Isaiah 40:27-31)
grace, peace & high-flying courage
Virginia : )