Well good evening and happy Cinco De Mayo!  I just got back from the Sac State Open.  With swirling winds and gusts reaching 25mph, it made for an eventful competition.  My first attempt at 3.70 was awful, I came down and almost destroyed the bar.  The second attempt wasn’t much better.  When it came down to third attempt I did anything I could to not touch that stupid bar… went down a pole, moved the standards back, and took off the ground like my life depended on it; it was a bit scrappy but I came out with a make.  I couldn’t focus on anything other than taking off the ground today so most my crossbar clearances were less than pretty, but sometimes a girl’s gotta do what a girl’s gotta do to make a bar.  After two unsuccessful attempts at 3.85, the pole I had moved down to was too small and I had to move back up to the pole that was causing all the mayhem at the first height.  But once again made it on the third attempt.  I told everyone I was just trying to put on a show, keep things interesting for the spectators… I’m so thoughtful like that.  Finally at 4.00 meters I had a first attempt clearance and was able to take a deep breath.  In vault, when you are the only one to clear a height and have won the competition you can elect to put the bar wherever you want.  Having 4.10 under my belt I opted for 4.15 (13′ 7.25″).  I had no successful attempts at this height, but was more than pleased with the day’s lessons; I learned so incredibly much by fighting through winds, changing poles, and third attempts.

Earlier this week God was challenging me to trust Him completely (what’s new? :)).  This is a constant battle in my life, as it probably is in yours.  He kept saying to me “this life, this challenge, is not for the fainthearted”.  Tuesday He had me reading in Deuteronomy 20, where Moses is instructing the people who are going in to take hold of the promise land, and says “Hear, Israel, today you are going into battle against your enemies.  Do not be fainthearted or afraid; do not panic or be terrified by them.  For the Lord your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory.”  He didn’t say there wouldn’t be a fight.  He didn’t say is wasn’t going to be a struggle.  But confidence comes knowing who is fighting for us.  What a great reminder that the same God is the one who is always with us.  We are not to be fainthearted when challenges arise, but have confidence that we can face any situation because Christ goes before us.

And instead of being satisfied with just telling me the lesson, He thought some practical application should take place.  I should have known that today was going to be a battle of a competition!  However, I am thankful He cares enough to make sure I’ve gotten the point ;).

On that note, I wish you a wonderful rest of your weekend.  May you have wonderful weather and some good laughs with friends and family!

 

 

There was a giant head outside the restaurant we ate lunch at,
so being the completely mature person that I am, there was only one thing to do…