Nothing can ever overcome us if we only put our trust in God!
1 John 5:4 (KJV)
4 For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.
Marcia Malsar had the privilege of entering into Rio de Janeiro’s Maracana Stadium, holding up the torch, during the opening ceremonies of the 2016 Paralympic Games. Due to rain, she slipped, fell and the torch slipped out of her hand. As officials ran up to assist, she motioned to them; so the Brazilian 1984 Paralympic champion, managed to get back up, on her own accord, was given the torch and she continued, unassisted.
Despite the odds that many athletes have to overcome, her resolve was unsurprising—albeit inspiring—since their performances show no limitations, proving to be some of the world’s best, at what they do.
Many shared that their faith in God, helped them overcome.
“Bearing the name of God … I’m not competing for just myself,” said Grace Norman, a Team USA Christian. “I know I can do nothing without Him and that I can do amazing things with Him.”
Norman was born without her left foot, caused by amniotic bands, a congenital condition. Coming from an athletes’ family, the young teenager, decided on running, after trying various sports. With time, she received a cheetah blade, which replaced her foot and was able to qualify for the 400 meter and the triathlon of the Paralympics.
She said that she has never questioned God, as to why He did not make her “normal”. She sees her disability as allowing her to share her faith and would regret missing out on the moments that it has brought her.
A member of the American soccer team, Drew Bremer, confessed that his disability sometimes brings adversity. He was born with a syndrome that stiffens, while weakening his muscles, on one side of his body. Yet, he too shared that his faith has helped him all the way to the games.
Stefanie Reed, of Great Britain, runs track and field. When she was 15, she was struck by a vehicle and lost her left leg. She shared that while lying in the hospital bed, after becoming aware of her leg’s amputation, that she, for the first time in her life, finally said a real prayer.
She shared that the peace that God gave her, overcame any anger she might have had. She wholly trusted in Him and now she finds herself in the Paralympics.
She said that He told her, “Stefanie … when you’re on that start line and when those 80,000 people cheer for you that is how much I love you.”
These athletes proved that faith in our Lord and Saviour is all we need, in order to overcome anything that tries to stand in our way, as an obstacle.
MORE VERSES TO REFLECT ON:
Matthew 11:28-30 (KJV)
28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
Philippians 1:6 (KJV)
6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:
Philippians 4:6-7 (KJV)
6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4:13 (KJV)
13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
Philippians 4:19 (KJV)
19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
1 Peter 5:7 (KJV)
7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.