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Unexpected Ways
By Joel Osteen - Aug 31, 2012
I read a story about this young man who was training for the 1924 Olympics in Paris, France. He was an American who was extremely skilled in canoeing. He could ride the rapids like no one else. He had won many competitions before and was the heavy favorite for the Gold Medal. That was his dream - to win an Olympic Gold.

It just so happened that his wife became pregnant and her due date was during the Olympics. In those days, of course, they didn't have travel like we do today. To go back and forth across the ocean would take several months time. So, he made the decision that he was not going to miss the birth of his first son. Much to the surprise of his coaches and trainers, he informed them that he would not be competing in the Olympic Games.

The news sent shockwaves throughout the sports world. Here he had trained tirelessly for many years. He was the best in his field. As far as his career was concerned, this was the most important thing to him. But he was willing to surrender that dream. Even though it seemed like a great disappointment, he said, "God, I don't have to have that medal in order to be happy."

The day came when his beautiful son was born. Through the years, he poured into that young man. The son was extremely gifted in whitewater rafting just like his father. They spent year after year practicing together, training, getting better and better. In 1948, the son qualified for the Olympic Games in Helsinki, Finland. He went over and competed, and a few days later, here in America, the dad received a telegram. It said, "Dear, Dad. Thanks for waiting around for me to be born. I'm coming home 24 years later with your Gold Medal."

The son came home and gave the medal to his father. Now the father had the Gold Medal he had always dreamed about. But it meant even more to him because it came from his son whom he loved so much.

Friend, God always has unexpected ways of working things out. When you let something go, when you put it in the hands of Almighty God, it doesn't necessarily mean that it's not going to happen. You're simply saying, "God, I'm going to let You do it Your way. I know You know what's best for me if I put my trust in You."

Remember, you don't have to figure everything out on your own. Just trust God. Turn things over to Him. Release the struggle. Release the frustration. Release the questions. Know that He is faithful, and He promises to fulfill every dream and desire that He has placed in your heart!

"As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts." (Isaiah 55:9, NIV)
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