I know many of you probably complained about Olympics spoilers this year. You already know by early afternoon who won the gold medal, but the official television coverage doesn’t begin until after dinner. It’s pretty hard to be surprised by the results and maybe you hate that.
Not me. I purposely look up the competitions to find out who won before I dare sit down to watch the actual sport. It helps me mentally and emotionally prepare to relax and enjoy or fret and face disappointment.
Thus, I knew in advance for the women’s team gymnastics competition who would win. And I knew which of the girls bounced on their landings or wobbled on the balance beam.
With all of that tension and stress out of the way, I started to enjoy the show, until I noticed the cameramen.
After flipping and twisting and flying into the air, every gymnastics competitor hopped down off the mats and hugged each of her teammates and her coach, trying to act reasonably normal despite the fact that massive cameras with lenses the size of my head were no more than a foot or two from her face.
The photographers were so intrusive. None of the girls had even one second post-competition to themselves to recover or hide or be herself.
When she’s smiling and high-fiving after a job well done, that’s not so bad.
But when you’ve made a massive mistake that could cost you and your team the medal you’ve trained for most of your life, well, that’s horrifying to me. Instead of cheering on the gymnasts, I found myself mentally screaming at the cameramen.
“Go away. Give her some space, will ya? Good grief, she’s a 16-year-old child who just needs a few minutes to get over a huge life disappointment. Would it hurt you to take pictures somewhere else for a while and give her some privacy?”
Then the commentators would drone on and on about what she did wrong, how she angled this incorrectly or spun too far or fell off balance here. They had diagrams and replays and slow-motion analysis.
People have a way of never forgetting our mistakes or perpetually defining us by our errors.
Yet, God always offers forgiveness to a truly repentant heart.
It’s beyond our understanding, then, that our omniscient God, who knows every darkest secret of our mind and heart, can push our mistakes and sins out of His memory. This week, I’m meditating on passage all about this absolutely amazing grace:
The Lord is compassionate and gracious,
slow to anger, abounding in love.
He will not always accuse,
nor will he harbor his anger forever;
he does not treat us as our sins deserve
or repay us according to our iniquities.
For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his love for those who fear him;
as far as the east is from the west,
so far has he removed our transgressions from us.
Heather King is a wife, mom, Bible Study teacher, writer for www.myfrienddebbie.com and worship leader. Most importantly, she is a Christ follower with a desire to help others apply the Bible to everyday life with all its mess, noise, and busyness. To read more devotionals by Heather King, click here.