STRENGTH IN WEAKNESS
That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, than I am strong. (2 Corinthians 12:10)
My narrative—the underdog. The Underdog, you say? Yes, the Underdog from Down Under. Isn’t that how Australians are perceived, especially ones from that small out-of-the-way town called Adelaide?
The thing about the underdog, they’re the “loser” who rises from the depths of “winners” piled on top of them, they overcome adversity and excel. I write my stories from this perspective—the character beset by obstacles and opposition who overcomes and wins in the end.
I’m the tortoise who beats the hare. I don’t take “No” for an answer. “Can’t do” does not define me. I can do all things through Christ who has saved and enabled me. In the face of opposition, I have God on my side.
The tortoise just keeps on going. He may be last but he keeps on plodding. The hare thinks he’s so far ahead he takes a lazy break. The tortoise keeps on plodding. And while the hare sleeps, the tortoise passes the finish line first. Yay! Go tortoise!
Like the tortoise, I plod on. I do what it takes to achieve my goal. I remember in my high school days, my Year 11 Physics teacher labelled me as “not Physically minded” (he meant in relation to the subject, Physics). Huh? What did he say? Just to prove the teacher wrong, I employed my brother to tutor me. No Physics teacher going to tell me—I’ll show him. Was I going to allow my teacher’s definition of me ruin my straight-A record? I trained my artistic brain to understand Physics. And in the Year 11 Physics exam, I aced it.
But, with success, especially academic success, in Australia, comes persecution. Us Aussies don’t like Tall Poppies. Cut them down, make everyone equal—in Australia, mediocrity rules. So again during my high school days, I won on the academic field, but socially I was a “loser”. I mean what else does “unorthodox” mean in my end of year report? Huh? Were they saying I was peculiar?
Even so, what appeared to be my weakness, social acumen, that is, through university and life experience, became my strength. Okay, I admit, I don’t have thousands of friends on Facebook. But who wants thousands of “friends”? I have enough, and a loving husband, family and close friends. And I do what I enjoy—write and paint. Maybe the Physics teacher was right. Essentially, I’m not “Physically-minded” but I tell you what, I had to do a great deal of research relating to Physics in writing Mission of the Unwilling. What I discovered—Physicists have to be creative in coming up with their theories on how the universe works. Also I realised that we overcome and win, not on our own, but when we work together with others…and the creator of the universe.
© Lee-Anne Marie Kling 2015