Destiny - February 17th, 2019
Well it’s all a matter of fate and destiny! I cast a little smile when I hear words like that because I know what’s coming next. Fate is the unexpected that can sometimes happen. Couples will often say that it was fate that brought them together that day. Destiny is linked to what you do next. It’s the decisions you make, the doors you open. The message is that you are often the architects of your own destiny. Fate may have brought you together but if you hadn’t agreed to meet up again that might have been the end of it. You create your own destiny. It’s all true enough but it’s the thought we alone determine our destiny that I struggle with.
I was reading the other day about Nawal El Moutawakel, the Moroccan athlete who won the gold medal in the Olympic women’s 400 metre hurdles in 1984. She had to contend with views at home that Muslim women could not and should not succeed at athletics especially, I suspect, in running shorts. As the Olympic teams paraded into the stadium there was just one woman in the Moroccan team! Her unexpected victory was a breakthrough for women in Morocco and other Muslim countries. King Hassan II telephoned her and gave instructions that all girls born on the day of her victory were to be named after her. The generation of Muslim women athletes that followed may well have made their own decisions but there was more to it than that. Their destiny was closed linked to El Moutawakel’s. She had opened the doors.
When Paul spoke of the Resurrection he was in no doubt that our destiny was linked to that of Jesus. That’s what gave him his joy. Perhaps this was not so much fate and destiny as grace and destiny.
Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.
Lord, I have a lot of decisions to make today, big and small. It’s good to know you are arisen and alongside me as I make them. Help me to get at least the big ones right. Amen.