Obstacles

In the movie “An Officer and a Gentleman”, in order to graduate, a recruit had to complete an obstacle course within a certain amount of time. The female recruit “Casey Seeger”, had trouble climbing over a wall. She would get through all the obstacles, and the last thing she had to do was climb the wall. Every time when they practiced the drill and she came to the wall, she would fail.

In one of the last scenes of the movie, the recruits were conducting their final test and she knew she had to get over that wall or all of her hard work during training would be for nothing and she wouldn’t graduate. As she ran the race, her fellow recruits cheered her on. However, when she got to the wall, she tried to climb over, and couldn’t. She tried, but she just couldn’t do it. She sat at the base of the wall and cried, knowing she wouldn’t graduate. The main character, “Mayo”, came up behind her. He thought about running on, but stopped to help her. He told her she could “get over that wall”. He yelled at her and told her to try one more time. He stood there and yelled at the top of his lungs at how she COULD get over that wall. She tried one more time, and got over the wall, as she cried…and finished the race.

How many of us are like Casey? We have something in our life that is standing before us, that we have tried to “get over” before, but we just can’t seem to scale that wall. I’m here today as your Mayo, telling you that you CAN get over that wall. Whatever it is. You may have a wall of unforgiveness. You may have a wall of low self-esteem. Whatever that wall is for you, you can get over that wall. Try, again. I know that wall has been there a long time, but try one more time. Do what you need to do to get over that wall. If you need to forgive someone, then do it. If you have to stand in front of the mirror every day and say confirming words to yourself, then do it. Don’t allow that wall to continue to block your life. You’ll never complete your race until you GET OVER THAT WALL!

James 1:2-4 Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.

What wall are you climbing today? I want to hear from you.
You CAN do it!!

Love you to life!

2 Comments

  • Cara says:

    PR,
    This word was so powerful it had tears just rolling down my cheeks…
    The wall I am climbing today? The same wall I’m always climbing with God, the one I always come back to; trusting Him with ALL of my heart.

    More specifically; regarding my not working and ceasing all the works of my flesh (my self-effort) to go out and ‘get’ a job. The part in your scripture that says “So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely”. Quite poignant because all I’ve wanted, for the past 2 years, is to be out of this trial!! To be back at work. Because working and money has had my heart, my trust, and not God.

    So, I’m back at the wall to trust Him in this area and with this part of my heart. It makes me cry even now to hear you say, “Try, again Cara. Try one more time. You can get over that wall.”
    Thank you so much!! Love you to life!

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