Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Quick Note

I have just a minute to type this, but I did not want the following to go un-noticed for those of you who did not watch the Olympics last night.......

Last night in Beijing, a beautiful American runner named Lolo Jones was favored to win the ladies hurdle race (I do not know the proper term for that race because I, personally, have never been able to hoist my hiney that far in the air). There was another American woman in the race. Her name is Dawn Harper. Harper was not expected to even place seeing as this is her first Olympics and she barely made the trials to qualify to compete.

At the start of the hurdle race, Lolo Jones took off like a shot and was in the lead. Harper was somewhere trailing behind. On the next to last hurdle, Jones kicked the hurdle over which caused her to lose the race. On her heels was Harper, the American who was considered "lucky" to even be competing. Harper won the race.

As soon as the race was over, Lolo Jones threw herself on the track and yelled out some obscenities -- most notably the f-bomb which was so easy to see it could have been read by any blind lip reader. Harper, on the other hand, was stunned by her win and threw her hands up in the air praising God and thanking Him openly in front of the whole world AND God-hating China. When she was interviewed by the media, Harper mentioned that God was with her while she was running, which we all know is a complete no-no in China (you heard that they confiscated hundreds of Bibles over the weekend , right?). Now, of course, I have no way of knowing where either of these ladies really stand with God, but I know what I saw and I know that one of them glorified God with her actions and words (and one didnt).

My point in blogging about this is that I think it is no coincidence that Lolo Jones, the favored runner, lost this race to someone who was not a fan favorite . I understand her disappointment in losing a race she trained all her life to win, but God will not be mocked. They can take all the Bibles out of China, but they cannot take the Holy Spirit out of the hearts of believers. He will do whatever it takes to bring glory to Himself through His children. He did that very thing last night through a very fast hurdler named Dawn Harper.

14 comments:

AnnaElizabeth said...

That's a good thing to point out. I didn't watch the olympics last night, but I will see if i can catch it on YouTube or something.

Greg P. said...

I saw that race myself last night. I did see the woman stumble and then crumble onto the track after the race. I didn't see the f-bomb scene, but, if it it happened, than I'm glad she lost.

I also saw the winner, FROM ILLINOIS I might add, as she raised her arms skyward. I loved seeing that!

Cheryl said...

I saw it all, including the obscenities! When they interviewed Dawn and I heard her remarks, I thought, "well If God is for you than who can be against you?!"

Thanks for sharing!

and btw, I'm seriously considering writing a letter to the IOC to share my thoughts about the scoring in gymnastics. It is all kinds of warped!

Mari said...

Thanks for sharing this. I didn't see it, but I like the end results!

ocean mommy said...

I did not see this but WOW!! What a testimony.

I'm finishing up my packing and praying over my roomates and I REALLY wish you were going. :( That would have made this weekend even more awesome!

"talk" to you later in the weekend..
steph.

Fran said...

Didn't see it but WOW!! I'm so glad that Lolo won that race. Yeah her! Yeah God!

And, I'm with Steph. Change your mind and wanna head west we'll welcome you with chips, salsa and big open arms! :)

Hugs,
Fran

Eddie said...

I didn't see it either, but I agree that God can do whatever He intends to do to bring Himself glory and honor even in a heathen land like China. I'm reminded even though they can the Bible, one day every knee will bow and every tongue confess even in chinese.

Amanda B. said...

I haven't been following b/c I am fairly outraged at the way China treated millions of their homeless and poor to create the "stage" for the Olympics. But I am not surprised and enjoyed hearing about the Soverign Lord coming through to glorify Himself yet again.

Thanks for sharing

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Mommyluann said...

even in a hurry you have a good word...and good hair!

LeslieinTN said...

Amen on your post! Loved it! So true. The Lord will take care of His children. Of course it doesn't always mean by giving them what they want but who knows what it has done for someone watching the other night when they saw Dawn Harper thank the Lord!?!

Heidi Zawisza said...

I didn't see it, but I 100% agree with your analagy of the situation! Good for Harper!
I bet I can find a replay of this on the internet or something.....
BTW...thanks so much for your encouragement about Ava. You have succeded in making me see the humorous part!! And yeah...Hubs won't let me keep the kids in my pocket or strapped to me in any way either!! hmmmmmm.....

{patty} said...

That is awesome Beth, thanks so much for sharing that story! God will be glorified regardless of where it is or who it is......

Rochelle said...

I saw that race... and I didn't even think about it like that. What an excellent point!! And I agree!!