In the Olympic Games of 1976, the Japanese player Shun Fujimoto, while training for the games, broke his right knee a week before the games started. The Japanese people were very concerned as they had great hopes that he would win the gold medal in gymnastics. All people lost hope except him. He assured the people around him that he would not withdraw no matter how much it would cost him.
The following week, Shun Fujimoto joined the games. The people were surprised to see that he had put three ties around his broken knee. How could he compete in the games?
He did enter the games and won the gold medal.
When he was asked to explain himself, he said, "The pains in my knee were like that of a thrusting knife. I tried to hide my tears, but as I’d now won the gold medal, my pains had gone away."
Lord, uncover the glory, which You prepared for me,
And the heavenly crown which awaits me.
Then I cry with St. Paul the Apostle saying,
"Forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead,
The mouth speaks by means of the words and the heart speaks by means of its desires.
Your prayer is the desire of your heart.
God does not ask for words but for your hearts.
(1) Cf. Michael P. Green: Illustrations for Biblical Preaching, p. 72.
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