Steven Bradbury became the first Australian to win a gold medal in the Winter Olympics. How did he do it? I’ll respond to that question but first some history on Bradbury. During his career as a speed skater he was impaled by a fellow skater and lost four liters of blood, later he broke his neck and was told he would never skate again. Despite all odds against him and not being the fastest speed skater Steven Bradbury pushed on all the way to February 16, 2002, Salt Lake City Utah’s Winter Olympics.
He entered the semi-final for the 1000 meter race and placed third, not bad but not good enough to advance, when something happened, another skater was disqualified, which moved him to skate in the final.
Bradbury was consistent but slower than the rest. He was taking up the rear when again the unexpected happened. A Chinese’s skater fell and took out the field leaving only Steven Bradbury who was still skating. He sailed into a Gold Medal! Was it a God Appointment? I don’t know.
Ecclesiastes 9:11 (NLT), “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 at the right place at the right time.”
Hold on; it’s all by chance? The word chance is translated from the word Qarah and means “a God Appointment.”, There is no Hebrew word for coincidence. When we daily give God the reigns of our life, when we stop striving for position and possessions and trust Him, it allows Him to bring His Appointments into our life.
God has for your future appointed times filled with great breakthroughs. Do your best daily but leave the rest up to Him.