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Tuesday, 27 July 2021 07:00

If I were an Olympian

 
2021.40.If I were an Olympian

I grew up loving watching the Olympics whenever it was on TV. I always thought it would be amazing to be able to go and compete and would dream about being in multiple events as a superstar swimmer, fearless diver, graceful gymnast or high-flying pole-vaulter. Now this was never going to happen, and I knew this even as a child, because my talents definitely do not lie in any area remotely connected to any sport you can participate in at the Olympics. The closest I have ever got is going as a spectator when the Olympics were in Sydney in 2000. I spent the day there with a friend, and we saw some track and field events including the long-jump, and a fast-paced preliminary round of women’s basketball.

So it got me thinking now that we are in Olympic season, albeit 12 months later than what we thought. What is it about watching things like the Olympics that draws me, and indeed many others in. It is definitely a tough gig, training for years, day after day for a swim that may last less than a minute, or a couple of high-flying jumps over a bar way up in the air with the assistance of a pole.

I think there is power in witnessing people fulfill their dreams. For me, it reminds me to dream big, beyond what seems possible, and then to put in the hard yards where I can, so that my own dreams can also become a reality. The gift of faith invites us to dream with God, and when he is on our side more than we could ever imagine is possible. He invites and challenges us not just to step out in making our own dreams a reality, but to spend time coming to see his dreams for us. It is true that we can ‘do’ many things when it comes to moving forth in our dreams, but we also need to ‘be’, knowing when to surrender and let go, entrusting ourselves into God’s loving providential care.

Mel Edwards