At the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, the UK’s Derek Redmond was a hot chance for a medal in the men’s 400m track final. Half way through the final, he pulled up with a hamstring injury. In agony, he limped on in tears. A man was seen bursting on to the arena at the final turn, brushing security aside. He wrapped his arm around Redmond and escorted him to the finish line.
The man was Derek’s father.
The crowd erupted. The image (watch here) has been a celebrated source of inspiration for millions since.
It also reminds us, though, that we can all think we are doing fine in life, destined for success, yet we all pull up short. Our sin cripples us and yet the arms of the Father are wrapped around us to escort us to the finish line, if only we will yield ourselves to Him and His plan of salvation through Jesus Christ, who then becomes not only our saviour, but also the Lord of our life to whom we submit ourselves.