Some people are wrestlers by nature and others are not. I, like most people, fall into the second category and can tell you that every move I have learnt has taken great effort and practice in order to be able to exercise. Now before you go thinking that what I speak of are body slams and headlocks let me clarify that what I am referring to is a different type of wrestling; one you may or may not have heard of. Let me explain…
Just this week, I read an article whose title called my attention immediately because it reminded me of my youngest daughter.
“Defiant children destined to succeed, according to a 40 year study”
Now, although defiant is not the word I would use to describe my strong-willed little ladybug, Rain, she definitely has more fight in her than your average 8 year old. I read the article and it confirmed what I already knew, that people with such independence and determination are lined up for success because of their refusal to quit; what I call natural born wrestlers.
You may be familiar with the type. The one that isn’t afraid to demand and fight for their rights. I myself have never been one to grumble much, but I have observed time and time again how
The squeaky wheel gets the oil
As a competitive sport, wrestling dates back to the ancient Greeks but in reality, it has been around for much longer than that.
The first recorded wrestler is a man you perhaps have heard of by the name of Jacob. Now although not your traditional wrestler, Jacob had been wrestling since the day he was born. He came into the world displaying what would be his character by holding on to the heel of his twin brother. And we can see this same character throughout the transcript of his life.
Yet, his greatest and most notable wrestling match is told in Genesis 32:22-31 where he struggles with the angel of G-d.
Jacob was in need of the blessing of G-d and he refused to let the angel go until he blessed him.
The story goes on to tell us that after wrestling all night and right before daybreak the angel blessed Jacob.
If you’re like me, then maybe you’ve read this story before and wondered how Jacob could hold back the angel of G-d. Was it with his human strength? I submit to you that what bound the angel and caused him to release the blessing wasn’t Jacob’s strength but rather Jacob’s faith.
A faith so strong that it refused to let go until that which it longed for had been satisfied.
The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much
Persevering, relentless, squeaky, importunate kind of faith. The type that can be confused as defiant and can even seem violent at times.
…the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force – Matthew 11:12
I’m not sure about you, but this is the type of wrestler I want to be. One who refuses to give up and understands that the blessing is attached to the struggle.
Don’t give up on your blessing today…get into a struggle and pray it into existence!