I had to stay up and watch it. It promised to be the fastest race in the history of mankind. And it didn’t disappoint! Tyson Gay (2nd), actually broke an American record while running the third fastest time ever; yet he wasn’t even close. I’ve never seen anything like it. I mean, the thunderbolt even slowed down to look around at the end!
There’s something about watching genius at work, whether it’s Michael Jackson, Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods or Uasin Bolt that makes you glad you were alive to see it. To me it speaks of the nature of God’s grace or undeserved favor. Grace defies logic or formula. It has an attrocious unfairness to it – at face value. Anyone who watched Salieri complain to God about the young, undisciplined and totally undeserving Mozart in the movie ‘Amadeus’ knows what I’m talking about. Why them? Why would you bless this person so overwhelmingly? What have they done to deserve it?
[On a side note, as Kenyans, we too are recipients of much favor. Almost all our neighbors (except perhaps Ethiopia) would have called a public holiday to celebrate a Linet Masai win. Few can dream of the kind of medal haul we’re anticipating.]
The bible answers the grace riddle for us. I spoke about this at Mavuno a while back. We are blessed to be a blessing. Gifting carries a huge element of responsibility. Genesis 12:2 says ‘I will make your name great and you will be a blessing’.
I thank God for His grace in my life. For a family I love, for a vocation I enjoy, for a purpose worth living for, for numerous material and spiritual blessings. I do not deserve any of these things.
Lord help me to see and celebrate your grace in my life. And to be a blessing to others around me this week.