Anybody out there like Lloyd who says, “So you’re telling me there’s a chance!”, when he’s told his odds are 1 in a million?!

Love me some Dumb and Dumber.  On a side note, Dumb and Dumber 2 is coming out in November 2014, just in case you were looking for something to do that causes your IQ to go down a bit.

But I digress.  Back to defying the odds… Try this story on for size?  There was a horse entered into the Kentucky Derby in 2009 named Mine That Bird.  He is what you would call the typical underdog, who spends most of the race in dead last.  Dead last.  He had horrible odds of winning anyway, so this was not a surprise.  He was the 50:1 long shot.  They were 50:1 stacked against him.  That means if you put a $2 bet on him, you’d make 50 times that amount as your return, if he won.  But like I said, Mine That Bird was the long shot, the no shot, the pushed-to-the-back-of-the-pack shot.

Here is the actual race to watch and see how he does:

I actually tear up every time I watch this, probably because my life feels like a long shot too.

Most days there is no one who notices the work of my hands, except for the One who made them.   Being a stay at home mom with 6 little kids is very hard work.  There is just no way around it.  But just because something is hard, does not mean that it’s not worth doing.

I spent the first years as a mom looking for the light at the end of the tunnel, for some magic moment when all the responsibility and demand on me would be gone.   “How can I get out of running in this race, take a break and find a seat in the stands with the spectators?”, I thought.

Here were the odds stacked against me. . . my parents divorced when I was 6.  My sister and I were raised by my Dad and my relationship with my mom was very spotty throughout the years.  I had no desires to get married (maybe when I was 40 or something), and you can bet that becoming a mom was very low on my life’s to do list.  Why would I want to sacrifice so much to become someone who seemed to have no value?  So you could say that I have no blueprint or reference point to go by, and truly no natural giftings in the calling that I find myself in now.  I went to college for criminal justice for goodness sake!

What’s crazy is that somehow I have been entrusted with 6 precious, valuable, and moldable lives.  Who in their right mind would do this?  I have had many silent conversations with God that brought me to tears, Why would you give them to me, God?  Don’t you know the dysfunctional mess that I am?  I am the 50:1 long shot that no one would bet on ever winning.  Surely you have made a mistake in casting me in this race.”

And yet there He stands, faithfully holding my long shot ticket in hand as He cheers me on, saying “Nothing will be impossible for you” (Matthew 17:21).

I think He likes underdog stories more than we do. I’d venture to say it’s because He knows how much greater the pay off is.   There is not the same wow-factor with Lazy Susan Oatbags horse wandering around the farm, compared to Mine That Bird’s stellar victory.  Wouldn’t you rather be a 50:1 shot than a predictable 1:1 bet?

What are the odds stacked against you?

Want to defy them? 

There is One who is yelling, “An impossible report!”, over each of our lives as we charge on in the race.  The key is to keep charging on.  Mine That Bird didn’t just win the race by a nose, he won by an 8 horse spread!

Join me in this race and let’s defy the odds together.



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17 Responses to Defying The Odds

  1. dan hamann says:

    Girl you rock…You guys are doing a great job raising your kids. The great thing is that Jesus always makes up for what we don’t have. Your love for Him, for your man, and for your kids is the core of beating the odds. Love is the key to everything that seems impossible. Especially raising kids! Keep the love flowing…love your blog!

  2. Rebecca Lohman says:

    Love this!

  3. Wow, Rona, this is really impacting for me. I have felt the same way with a lot of things, but I know God has called me to dream big, beyond my own abilities, beyond my limited courage, even. You are an inspiration, and being a nanny I can only imagine your life caring for 6 little ones full time. Way to go!

  4. Janet Walker says:

    Wow!!! That was the most encouraging, heartfelt, real and impacting thing I have read in a long time. You are an amazing writer with such a gift at connecting. I remember watching Mine That Birds incredible victory together. That was so fun to see again. I shared it with my co-workers and they were in tears. I join you in defying the odds. I put all my money on you. A true champion.

    • Rona says:

      Thank you Janet for ALWAYS being my number 1 fan and cheering me on in my life. Thanks to you and Mike for envisioning me with Mine That Bird back then…feels good to bring him back! Thank you for taking the time to read my words, but even more for all the times you have taken to love me. I am able to defy the odds because of your love for me. Truly.

  5. Kim Rankin says:

    Quote that one from dumb and dumber often! Rona you are quite simply doing the best and hardest job on earth and it is soooo worth it! You are making such an impact on this world by shaping theirs!!! You go girl! Thanks for the video on Mine that Bird it was quite simply amazing how he came from behind. We just watched Secretariat again this past weekend! Love those kind of stories!

  6. Debra Allen says:

    Rona- I am so very proud of you sharing your heart with all to help others-your such an encoraging , loving, good writing person whom i am so blessed to call you Family and friend-Your children will rise up and call you Blessed!!!! Love you always

  7. Gina Cocking says:

    You are so encouraging Rona! Can’t wait to see more on your blog! Love you girl!

  8. Eilis says:

    Awesome post.

  9. Lisa Ervin says:

    Rona, what an amazing heartfelt post!! To quote Dumb and Dumber….”I liked it…ALOT”. I wish you lived closer so we could go see the sequel together. How many times did we watch or really just quote the movie in high school and college. I am so happy for you and your wonderful life. I think you will inspire many people. Thinking of you!

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