Tuesday, August 12, 2008

We Are Rick

I'm sure most of us are probably familiar with Team Hoyt. They are the father and son running/ironman team. I had read their story but I had never seen this video clip.

As I watched the clip, I was overcome by emotion. Watching this 65 year old father pull, bike, and push his grown, disabled son through an Ironman competition was amazing. But it was the finish line that got to me. Dick is the dad and Rick is his son. When Dick runs them across that finish line, Rick raises his atrophied arm in joys of victory and his dad is thrilled. Dick is the one who has repeatedly pushed past the boundaries of human strength and endurance limitations. Rick sits in his seat, shares in the journey, goes along for the ride yet shares in the victory when they finish. As I watched, it hit me. We are, I am, Rick. It's Jesus who does the hard part yet He shares His victory with us, with me. Yes, there was sweat on His brow, but our victory was gained by the blood that He shed. He gives us victory over sin and death and a fruitless life.

John 15:5 "I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.

As I shared this with Julie B. this morning she stated simply, "It's not what we do, but where we are placed...on the mercy seat!" Exactly. Every time I try to operate under my own strength I am like Rick, an eager, willing person in a completely broken vessel, trying to accomplish what I simply cannot. But God. But God picks me up and places me on His mercy seat for the ride of my life. If I trust His leading I will end up at the finish line, victorious.

Lord, help me to be like Rick. Help me to see my poverty and trust that You can and will do "far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us," (Eph 3:20)

Truly, our Redeemer lives.


Andrea Bell said...

that was a very good reminder. I was just reminding myself of that verse in Philipians last night...stating it repeatedly until it became a statement instead of a question:)

Thank you

Anonymous said...

I had the same impression when I watched this videos a couple of months ago. Of course it made me cry. I wrote about how the father was like "Our Father" and we are like the disabled child. It's neat to know their names. I didn't know that. I'd love to read more about their story. When we can't do it, he does it on our behalf. Amen! Stace

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