Adversity builds perseverance..!

A young man asked a holy man to pray that he would have more perseverance.
The holy man got on his knees and began, “Lord ,send this young man problems in the afternoon, send this young man adversity in the evening, send this young man…”
“Stop!” shouted the young fellow, “I didn’t ask you to pray for problems and adversity, I asked you pray for more persistence.” “Ah,” responded the holy man, “It’s through adversity that you learn perseverance..!” We in India saw this happening at the Olympics some years ago with J.J. Shobha, the athlete from Hyderabad. Shobha ran with an injury.
Spectators cheered as they saw her surging forward, grimacing with pain from her torn ligament, they cheered as she gritted her teeth and slowly, steadily inched past her competitors….”I was shocked,” said one of the others on the track, “to see her striding past me.” But Shobha put her heart into that race and finished third!
Nobody is ever going to forget the gutsy, gritty girl. She taught the world that injury, problems and adversity could spur one on to success. Yet, we pray for wonder drugs to help us win battles. We pray for easy solutions where we won’t have to put too much effort or muscle. “Take away the mountain in front of us God!” we shout. “Climb over it my child,” He whispers. “I can’t.” “You can!” “My feet hurt, my legs ache!” “Climb,” says the Lord, “climb..!”
There is this romantic story of the father and mother of Thomas Becket: Gilbert Becket, Thomas’s father made a tip to the Holy Land and was taken prisoner by a Saracen who had a lovely daughter. She fell in love with Gilbert and told him she wanted to marry him. He returned her love until he found an opportunity to escape with his servant Richard. When he returned to England he forgot the Saracen girl.
But she had not forgotten Gilbert!
She left the safety of her father’s home and in disguise made her way to the coast. She had learnt two English words; “London” and “Gilbert.” With these two words she went among the ships, saying again and again, the same word, “London,” Sailors being sailors tried to tease her, molest her and even rape her, but she fought them off and went from ship to ship till she found one bound for London.
She paid her passage with some jewels and arrived in London. As Gilbert Becket sat in his office one day, Richard his servant came running in, “Master! The Saracen woman is here. She is going up and down the street, calling out, “Gilbert! Gilbert!’
Gilbert hurried out to find her. When she saw him she fainted in his arms. Soon after they were married and lived happily ever after. “Take away the mountain in front of us!” we shout. “Climb over it my child,” He whispers.
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