53“My strength was that I am more balanced and calmer than most other riders. I inherited that calm from my father, who was a farmer. You sow, you wait for good or bad weather, you harvest, but working is something you always need to do. The sense for responsibility I have got from my mother.” Miguel Induráin
Big Mig understood that the responsibility for the work was his but that the result for that work lay in the reliability of Providence. Sometimes the most productive harvest work is to be content in the waiting for divine blessing and multiplication of our efforts. The growing cycle is considered and harvest time set by quality of the yield and likelihood of weather – an uncontrollable factor. Big Mig modeled a refreshing bravery and daresay, contentment, during competitive uncertainties.
Contentment doesn’t mean we don’t seek. 54If you can dream-and not make dreams your master. We can dream but allow Providential presence to replace despair or discontent in the seeking and in the yield.
Contentment doesn’t mean we don’t need. God shows up in time of need. When a farmer plants the crops, he contends with pestilence that tries to destroy, drought or flood, hard ground. He uses the plow and scythe, and God gives increase or not with rain and sun.
Contentment doesn’t mean inactivity. It means calmness in the work regardless of opposition and unfavorable conditions.
Contentment doesn’t mean settling for second-best. It strives for the first fruits but rejoices over a little cash crop. There is plenty to harvest in cycling: the issue is not enough to be done but not enough to do it.
Contentment with who we are and what we have to offer and with what God brings us uniquely are the keys to harvesting all that’s prosperous in our sport. Work for the harvest in your particular field, seeking the Lord of the harvest to provide fruitful conditions and faithful workers.
Prayer for Contentment
“The Lord is good to those who wait hopefully and expectantly for Him, to those who seek Him.” Leviticus 3:25
“The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” 55Luke 10:2
We confess our doubts in God and in religion. We ask for spiritual eyes to see the spirit of Christ at work in a real way in our lives, our sport, our cycling.
Ponder the goodness of a faithful God who brings seedtime and harvest. Affirm I expect the best not because I deserve it but because God loves me and rewards belief. Watch for God when you seek Him and for other seekers to come alongside you.
53“Personal Quotes” under “Biography for Miguel Indurain” posted on www.imdb.com
54“If” by Rudyard Kipling, published in a collection of poems, Rewards and Fairies in 1909.
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