The London Olympics are only around 40 days away, and already the hype has started. When that opening ceremony is over and done with, we will sit down in front of our television to watch sports we never normally watch, we will watch records get broken, and we will enjoy those moments of human drama which inevitably happen every Olympics.
Two time world champion Jana Pittman succumbed to a foot injury in April this year which ruled her out of the London Olympics. Other Olympic Games have also had their share of drama for Jana. Fifteen days before she was to race at the Athens Olympics, the 400m hurdler tore the meniscus in her right knee. It seemed like her Olympic dream was over, and most doctors thought there was no way she could heal in time.
But Jana wouldn’t give up – she flew to London, had surgery on her right knee and began physio. Those treating her said ‘you’ve got two things, you have reality and you’ve got a miracle’, Jana said that she was hoping to get close to a miracle. Well as it turned out, Jana didn’t have to wait the 6 weeks that it normally takes to recover from this injury. She was running at the Olympics two weeks later and made the finals.
This is one of the stories that I love best to come out of the Olympics. What you may not know is that just before she went into surgery, Jana Pittman rang her mum, and said ‘I’m going in for the operation right now, pray for a miracle…’ That’s what her mum did, believing that God can make miracles happens.
Did you know that something like 80% of Australians pray? Could it be that somewhere in our human psyche we know that there is a God who is interested in our lives, who can do something about the circumstances that overwhelm us, and wants to interact with us?
If you, like Jana Pittman, have ever had your back up against the wall, I suspect that you have prayed. Perhaps you were facing a situation that you knew that you needed more wisdom than you possess, perhaps you needed more strength than you could muster, perhaps you faced an illness that you could not overcome. Those are the moments in life where we are forced to concede that we’re not capable of mastering a situation or circumstance in our life, and we pray. As you pray, remember not only does prayer work, but it works because God is both sovereign and good. Keep going to him in prayer, and as you pray, I suspect things will change.