One of the certainties in life is that you will experience disappointment at some point in time. Despite having an ideal or perfect day, there will be outcomes that surprise you. These twists and turns having lasting effects, especially when you are so close to victory. Thus, everyone has a story, as painful as it may be about the one that got away.
In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials, 1 Peter 1:6.
As a student in high school, I was one dimensional. Although I eventually improved my grade point average, my sole concern was with sports. I guess you can say I lived and died with each victory and loss. While I was blessed to be apart of many great teams, I never won a state championship, finishing second in cross country, third in a swimming relay and fourth in golf. If only I was healthy, stronger or I could putt, the ending may have been different. Since there is no time travel device or vehicle to go back, all I can do is think about what might have been.
These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed, 1 Peter 1:7.
Each of these failures digs up a certain degree of anguish. As a junior I watched my cross country team lose by 7 points as I sat on the sidelines after reconstructive ankle surgery. This was excruciating, but losing the state golf championship as a senior probably stings more, letting a first round lead slip away, clawing back to within one on the back nine, only to fade down the stretch. Exactly why God allows individuals to endure heartbreak is hard to say. Yet, in every defeat, there is a life lesson, something to learn from so you can overcome the one that got away.
by Jay Mankus