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.