Sunday: 21st April, 2019
Reference text: John 20:1-9
John 20:4 So they ran both together: and the other disciple did outrun Peter, and came first to the sepulchre.
Among the Olympic sports, the individual event that fascinates me is the decathlon. There is a combination of ten different field and track events including a myriad of sprints and distance running, some throwing and jumping. Winners of these events are often accorded the title of the ‘World’s greatest athlete’ owing to the expected mastery required in the multiple events.
The reality however, is that although one is expected to be a jack of all trades to succeed in the decathlon, many athletes are experts in some events, good in others and sometimes even average in others. Hence, with a weighted scoring system, one can play according to their strengths even though greater odds for success lie in a mastery of all the events.
We read today about a race to the tomb between Peter and one other disciple. The aftermath of their race presents an interesting food for thought: ‘the fact that you set course alongside others simultaneously does not always mean you will both arrive at the same time.’ In the text, both men run, but Peter was outrun most likely because he was older.
While some people are quick thinkers but slow executors, others are the very opposite. So if tasked with the same activity, their speed at each stage will differ. My dear, you are resourced and equipped differently from everyone else. Therefore, for the various aspects of life’s journey, there will be times when you appear to be lagging behind as well as times you will seem to be miles ahead of everybody else. That may be the leg of the race for which you are most equipped.
So remain in the race until the very end because arriving at the final destination is the ultimate goal.