Prediction or Participation

We are predictors.  We like to believe that we can guess outcomes before the real ending.  We hypothesis on situations, movies, books, sporting events, relationships, illnesses, and a host of other things.  The truth is that we really do not know what the end result will be.  Life constantly offers twists and turns of events that leave us shocked and surprised at the turn of events.  We don’t know what the end result will be until the end.  We may have a good idea, but it is only an idea.  We have to wait until the end to see how things really end up.

As I watched the Profession Bull Riders (PBR) event final from San Antonio, I was getting sleepy.  I had decided that Guilherme Marchi had won the event.  After all, there were only two other possibilities.  Each of those riders had to ride their bulls in order to win.  I did not really expect either rider to ride for the full 8 seconds.  I was wrong.  Reese Cates rode his fourth bull for the weekend, which was way beyond his usual performance.  It looked like he might win the event.  Then, Shane Proctor rode his fourth bull for the weekend which not only allowed him to win the event, but it broke the slump he had been experiencing.  I certainly did not expect such an exciting ending to the event.

Life has a way of throwing all sorts of surprises at us.  We do not know what is around the next corner.  Things can turn around.  They can get better.  There is always hope.  Reese Cates and Shane Proctor had to believe that they could ride those final bulls of the evening.  We too have to believe that the outcome can be better than some of the predictors who say that things will not turn out well. Trust that God can see a way when there seems to be no way.  Never give up until the end.  After all, a prediction is just a prediction, it is reality that counts.

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