The Amazing Race
”…one thing that I would is that everything is for a reason. God has a plan for everybody… you’ve got to just move on.” –Usain Bolt
Psalm 139: 13-18
13You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it. 15 You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. 16 You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed. 17 How precious are your thoughts about me,[b] O God. They cannot be numbered! 18 I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up, you are still with me!
He is The Fastest Man alive. He holds the record in the 100 and 200 meter sprint. Ever since a child, Usain Bolt is undefeated in the field of sprinting. In fact, he kept on breaking his own world records! He is so amazing, it’s mind boggling how he does what he does.
His own father, Wellesley Bolt, even wonders “…what caused him to be so fast? Is he here for a purpose?”
The answer to the first question lies on how he is distinctly composed of biomechanically. At 6 feet 5inches, he is taller which also makes his strides longer than any average runners. He is also inherently stronger because with his size, he needs more strength and force to move his body. With this combined, size and strength, it is not surprising to see him sprinting remarkably.*
Bolts purpose lies to how he is contributing to the welfare of his country and on how is impacting other people’s lives. For some he is a hero, for others an inspiration. But the true meaning of his life is yet to be unveiled.
The point is that, each and every one of us is created uniquely to win in the race we are called to run. We may be having hitches on the way but only we and we alone can course through the path that is specifically designed for us.
Bolt may be performing exceptionally as a runner, but he may experience difficulties doing gymnastics, Olympic lifting, or any other sports his body composition is not designed to play. And same goes with our own life journeys.
Perhaps, these are the three important questions to ponder (or to be reminded of) today as you run your race:
- Who are you?
- What are you good at?
- What are you on earth for?**
The bible clearly says that we are created wonderfully and fearfully (Psalm 139:14). That’s why as we run ahead, we need to discover who we really are in the eyes of our Maker. And it is a great joy to know that attached to our creation is the promise that we will surely overcome and win the race set ahead of us “for we do everything through Christ who gives us strength.” Philippians 3:14
- Usain Bolt: The Fastest Man Alive Documentary,
- The Biomechanics of Usain Bolt by Science of the Summer Olympics, science360.gov*
- The Fastest Man Who Has Ever Lived Documentary by BBC
**Life questions by Kenneth Cobonpue