Isner and Mahut. Who knew?
I read one blog post that shared their calculations that in the time it’s taken (so far) for these two men to play their 2nd round match at Wimbledon, a person living in Boston or New York could have gotten on a flight to London, taken the train to Wimbledon, stopped for lunch and made it to watch the end of the final set which has not yet been completed.
I’m thinking that these men are extraordinary athletes. The likelihood that either will advance beyond the next round is slim, I’d say. How could anyone have the strength? Of course, I’m wondering how anyone could have the strength to do what they have already done.
Then again, think of the people you’ve read about or maybe even known who have done impossible things. Most of them will never see center court attention. Most of them will never be blogged about or tweeted or featured on someone’s status update on Facebook.
Today I’m thankful for Isner and Mahut because they have reminded me of some of the people I know who endure extraordinary challenges without celebration. They have reminded me of women and men at the front lines of myriad battles between good and evil — breaking down barriers of darkness, opening doors to healing and grace, looking death in the face and finding the courage to laugh.