I was at our children’s school’s inter-house sports competition sometime last week. The very first competition was the filling the bottle race. The children were expected to fill bottles with narrow necks, stationed midpoint using a cup. Each child would run to the starting point with an empty cup, scoop some water from a bucket stationed there. The children went back and forth and then ran with the full bottle to the finish line.
The intrigue in my story lies in the result of the competition. Alas, the boy who got to the finish line last was declared winner of the competition.
Why? His bottle was the only one that was full to the brim by the time he got to the finish line.
I was ministered to right there and then and I’ll like to share with you.
It is not about how fast you run but how well you run your life’s race.
Make sure you run according to the rules God has set down so that you are not faced with a rude shock at the finish line (at the end of your life). Live a life of obedience and you will enjoy unfathomable blessings from God.
There is more. . .
It does not matter how slow your own race looks. It does not matter how far behind your mates you are. It does not cost God ANYTHING to set you on top of them when the time is right by Him.
The last can become the first.
I forgot to mention earlier that the boy employed a strategy that set him above his contemporaries. He carried the bottle with one hand and carefully used the palm of his hand to cock the bottle so that water did not spill off the bottle while he ran. Now that is wisdom.
I admonish you to focus on where you are going. Run your race with patience. Maintain your lane and key into God’s direction. Rely on the wisdom of God. Run with God and you have no choice but to be a victor (or victoress).
Slow and steady wins the race.
Here what the preacher had to say:
I have observed something else under the sun. The fastest runner doesn’t always win the race, and the strongest warrior doesn’t always win the battle. The wise sometimes go hungry, and the skillful are not necessarily wealthy. And those who are educated don’t always lead successful lives. It is all decided by chance, by being in the right place at the right time. (Ecclesiastes 9:11 NLT)
I pray for you today that God will satisfy you early with His goodness.
Be expectant. Your miracle is on the way.
~OMOSEBI Mary Omolola