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MSSD-Majlis Sukan Sekolah Daerah (District level)
MSSS-Majlis Sukan Sekolah Selangor (State Level)
MSSM-Majlis Sukan Sekolah (National Level)
Hello there, a few weeks ago I’ve had this non-stop tugging in my heart, nudging me to write about my testimony. I felt like the past years has been a huge part of my life, and this little voice encouraged me to write it all down so I would remember.
Before I start, I am very grateful for every open door in my life. However, this is a testimony of a pessimist like me opened her eyes to miracles and wondrous works. It is very hard to deny miracles when it happens right before your eyes. Well, here’s how it is going to work. I am going to write everyday of experiences I’ve had to be grateful for.
Here is one I vividly remember: It was the MSSS meet. We were all warmed up and ready to go for the 4x100m. The most important race that required skills, teamwork and precision- the relays. Despite the looming dark skies we carried on, jogging together, getting prepared. Sadly, at the waiting bench, it started to pour. Heavy fat raindrops splattered on the stadium roof, the race was postponed. We were a little bit worried but never mind. When it was finally time, they couldn’t postpone the race any longer. We had to run in the rain. It was the P1 category, the one we are in; miraculously the rain sort of gave way, it wasn’t very heavy and it started slowing down. Finally after we finished, the rain ceased. I know I know, the rain didn’t exactly stop when we were running, but the fact that we got pretty good weather made me 🙂
I remember Saturday mornings were never spent sleeping in. It was spent on the track instead, in the scorching 11 am sun. Once, after church I even rushed to training. This was one of the most tiring because I was late and the sun was insane it was 200m, 400m, 600m, 400m, 200m. Sounds like not alot when your typing it but it was insane. I thought I was going to die, honest, but Coach wouldn’t let me stop. It was amazing how God sustained me. When I got home I could even continue studying. Haa. Little things like surviving training makes me 🙂
Matthew 19:26 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
Luke 1:37 “For with God nothing will be impossible.”
It has been over 3 years, but I would never forget how God allowed me to run. Clearly running has been a huge part of my life. Looking back this particular race qualified me for States and hence, started off my running career.
Mum witnessed this clearly. It was the 400m finals for MSSS, champions get to represent state. However if you get 2nd you may qualify for relays. It was my very first year doing this event. To be frank I hated it. Not only the distance was so long, it was torture. Training for it almost killed. Anyway, it was my very last race, on top of that the semi finals were in the morning. By now, you would have guessed, I was physically unfit to win. But I guess God didn’t think so.
Let me tell you that 400m is a very interesting event. Whoever heads the first few hundred meters will most probably lose – unless he/she is Usain Bolt/ Alison Felix. Yes, it is the last few moments that breaks the good and unfit. The last 100m is a dreadful stretch. Dreadful yet crucial. Anyway, back to my race. I was seriously at war, in my head, every muscle not obeying. My mind telling me to keep running but my body just being stubborn. I was so tired at one point I didn’t know if I could finish, my entire body was numb. 40m left in the race and I could barely lift my legs. But at that exact moment I felt something so surreal replacing the drained energy – giving me strength to finish 2nd in the race.
Frankly if you ask me I don’t know how it happened, everyone saw the other girl running next to me finishing neck to neck, she was ahead at most times.
And then this verse in the Bible immediately showed me it was God, not me:
2 Corinthians 12:9
New Living Translation
Each time he said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me.
And hence, my running took off. I ran for Selangor that year, and for every year until high school was over. I had every reason to boast, because it is not me, it’s God