When the ice dancing champion, Charlie White, spoke to the press about his gold medal win at the Sochi Olympics with his partner, Meryl Davis, I recoiled slightly at what he said.

“We did a really great job…” he started, grinning from ear to ear.  I thought he could at least pretend to be humble at this moment of victory.  Sheesh! But then he continued:

“…of being there for each other, and that made all the difference.”  Oh!  Well. That’s all right then.  White and Davis really are a great team.

It’s always a team effort when something wonderful happens, even if we don’t realize it. You might think you’ve accomplished it on your own, but look around: if you do your Faith Forensics, God’s fingerprints are all over the scene.

It’s also there during the really challenging times. On a site called SpiritBath, I found this video of a couple that has weathered a few storms. Now that his wife has Alzheimer’s, this husband has devoted his life to taking care of her. “Because I realize how much God has loved me, that’s how I too can love my lovely wife.”

After delivering her fifth child, author Lindsey O’Connor fell into a coma.  When she finally returned to consciousness, she had to be introduced to her toddler, who didn’t know her at all. Her eldest daughter had dropped out of college to help care for her siblings. All this trauma led O’Connor to doubt God, until she realized He had been there all along, helping to keep her family together. “God was even in my questions.  I wouldn’t have been arguing with him all this time if he wasn’t there to argue with,” she said.

Andrae Crouch’s classic, Through it All, was inspired by a hard time in his life when he felt such doubt that he couldn’t even pray.  After some wrong turns, he found his way back to faith. In the lyrics of the song, he wrote that “if I’d never had a problem, I’d never know that God could solve them.” 

Sometimes we just need to re-focus the lens of our lives so it finds the joy and softens the hard edges.  Abide in your faith and God will show up, right on time. Some days you may feel like you’re striking out, and there may be foul balls now and then, but remember:  you and God are an unbeatable team. 

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