I’ll Have Another!
It’s back to the races with the Baltimore, Preakness stakes. This second leg of the Triple Crown makes or breaks the hope for a three time winner from the creme de la creme of three year olds. This brings a whole different meaning to the term Pony Up! Excitement builds as the day of reackoning arrives.
The Kentucky Derby winner, I’ll Have Another did not seem to garner favorable anticipation for winning this second round. I read some really discouraging opinions. Some were down right insulting to the horse and his jockey. Because of the nay sayers my hope stoked stronger for this pony to win. I resented the inference of it being a lucky fluke. I don’t believe in luck but it was palin to see it was no fluke. That horse ran well and wise and slyly acquired his place with strategy and swiftness of hooves. How dare they denigrate that and say Bodemiester will win thiis next race. I have nothing against Bodemiester, don’t get me wrong. Bodemiester is a wonderfully swift animal and had an excellent chance to win…but he didn’t, I’ll Have Another did. Clearly Bodemiester is still the favorite. I’ll have Another is not so that instantly made him my choice. I have a thing for the odd man out, the one no one cheers on or has confidence in. I’m a sucker for the least likely because I’m a least likely myself. This is the season of the least likely for God to show His power moving the one from the rear to the front. Read the Bible and you see how He took ordinary and even underdogs and raised them up to be leaders and kings and men of extraordinary accomplishments. Look at Moses, David, Noah and Gideon. Check out barren sister Sarah, Hannah, Rachel and Ruth. If anybody was ever a least likely Apostle Paul certainly was. God specializes in the least likely…they will be His remnant church, the ones who survive when all the others fall or fade away. This horse was a least likely too. The world boldly annouced it but they were erred in their analysis. I’ll Have Another won!! For the second time that horse held back until the midway point. Then he started his fast ascent toward the front. By the 100 yard mark he was in full flight and he not only caught up with Bodemiester but past him by a nose. It was a sweet thing to watch. My friend, Yvonne said she learned something from watching the race and I did too. It showed me how coming up from rear is an even more exhillerating win than starting and staying in the front. Where you start from does not determine how you’ll finish! The race demonstrated that it’s smart to reserve energy for the long haul. It made a statement to me in my spirit that God is bringing up his least likely from the rear to the head of the pack in victory! Way to go I’ll Have Another!! And yes…I will have another…another win at the Belmont stakes in June. I see triple crown in this baby. I may be way off but I’m hoping. If he does become a triple crown winner it will be as much a victory for me and all least likely folks as it is for the horse, jockey, trainer and owner.
But many that are first shall be last; and the last first.
Mark 10:31 (KJV)