BEATEN because she couldn’t see the goal

beaten by lack of visionThe California coast was shrouded in fog the morning of 4th July 1952. Twenty one miles to the west, on Catalina Island, a 34 year old woman waded into the water and began swimming toward California, determined to be the first woman ever to swim the strait. Chadwick 1

She was Florence Chadwick.

She had already set the world record for swimming the English Channel in 13 hours 20 minutes, and was the first woman to swim it in both directions.

The water was numbing cold that morning and the FOG was so thick that Chadwick could barely see the boats in her escort. The hours ticked by and she swam on. Fatigue had never been a serious problem, but the bone-chilling cold of the water was threatening. More than fifteen hours later, numbed with the cold, she felt she couldn’t go on and asked to be taken out. Her mother and her trainer, in the boat that drew alongside, urged her to continue, as they sensed they must be getting close to shore.

All Chadwick could see was the water around her
and the dense fog.
She was lost in the fog, unable to concentrate,

and she was taken out of the water.

Later, as they realised she had been within a half mile of the shore,
she blurted out
“I’m not excusing myself,
but if I could have SEEN the shore,

I know I could have made it”
The fog had made her unable to see her goal,
and it had felt to her like she was getting nowhere.

Two months later, she tried again. The fog was just as dense, but this time she kept the goal in her mind, and she made it. After 13 hours, 47 minutes, and 55 seconds, she reached the California shore, breaking a 27-year-old record by more than two hours and becoming the first woman ever to complete the swim.

Florence Chadwick had been licked,
but not by the cold or even by exhaustion.
She was beaten by the FOG which had OBSCURED HER GOAL.
It had blinded her eyes and her reason.

Colossians 3:2 (AMP)
Set your minds and keep them set on what is above
– the higher things – not on the things that are on the earth

Hebrews 12:1b-2a
Let us run with patient endurance and steady and active persistence
the appointed course of the race that is set before us,
looking AWAY FROM all that will distract TO JESUS,
who is the Leader and Source of our faith and is also its Finisher

As Christians, we must be careful not to allow ourselves to be blinded by other matters and prevented from reaching our goals.

questionWhat “fog” is blocking your vision of God’s goal for you?

          • His ETERNAL GOAL for you – to be conformed to the image of Christ?
          • His PRESENT GOAL for you – His plan and purpose to use you to reflect Him to others?
          • His PRESENT GOAL for you – to use you in His chosen area in His service?

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About meetingintheclouds

I am Cloudwatcher, a 76 year old Christian lady, happily married to a wonderful man for over 50 years. We have five wonderful sons, all with at least one University degree and in top positions in their chosen fields. One son is still single but four have found perfect wives and they have given us five lovely grandchildren. I was born in England and while I'm proud of my English heritage, I am doubly proud to be a true-blue, fair-dinkum Aussie. My husband and I are committed Christians whose first priority is to love and serve our risen Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ. My life story will tell of my journey from abuse to peace. I suffered 22 years of abuse, being constantly told I was totally evil and an ugly freak: no one would ever want me, so I might as well do the world a favour and kill myself.
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24 Responses to BEATEN because she couldn’t see the goal

  1. snowgood says:

    My swimming tutor’s daughter was the first lady to swim the channel 3 times without stopping! The endurance swimmers don’t get the accolades sprinters achieve, though in mind they deserve more glory.

    The lesson is a good one, we all need to have goals – in Christ.


    • You have a swimming tutor? Might we see you in the Olympics?
      Do all children learn to swim at school in England? They do here. Schools have their own swimming pools.


      • snowgood says:

        Yes, we pretty much all get taught to swim here. That was probably 25 years back when I had serious coaching.

        I’m now pretty hopeless, but enjoy swimming in the sea when I can.

        Pools? Not for me.


  2. Thank you, Angela for the encouraging word today and may we have eyes to see Him even through in the densest fog.


  3. Sue C. says:

    I just posted, “Reaching the Finish Line” and it goes right along with your post here. I think the Lord is using you, me, and others to tell stories that encourage others to hang in there. :-) I just joined your others followers. Blessings to you.


  4. Reblogged this on Lillie-Put and commented:
    What is obscuring your vision today?


  5. This is a wonderful word of encouragement Angela. So often the things of this world pile up around us (it is seldom one thing with me but a plethora of little things) and obscure the goal. It is in those moments I have to fall to me knees and pray that God restores the vision of my spirit.


  6. Gloria says:

    another great blog! Thanks Angela


  7. Debbie says:

    Thank you Mentor Angela, for helping us stay focused on Him today, despite whatever fog is around! God bless you!


    • I don’t like fog, Debbie, either the real fog while driving or the foggy distractions of life. However, we can praise God over and over again for His direction and protection as He enables us to maintain our focus on Him as we navigate the dangers. We also praise Him for the times He was able to teach us and ‘grow’ us in the times we stumbled – and then re-invigorate us to continue.
      What an incredibly amazing God!


  8. Rob Barkman says:

    This can be a real problem for any one of us. It is so easy to get sidetracked from that which is truly important for us all. May the Lord help us to see the goals that which is truly important in life and then the grace to consistently work for those goals. Lord bless you Angela. As always thanks for your very relevant postings!


    • Amen Rob. Your comment reminds me of the old saying “If you aim for nothing, you’ll hit it every time”. Praise God that He clearly reveals His goals for us and empowers and enables us to meet them. If we fail, the fault is ours alone.
      My we faithfully follow at all times, looking only to Him, regardless of all distractions.


  9. Pure Glory says:

    It is so important to see with our spiritual eyes of faith. Elisha’s servant was daunted by the enemy surrounding the city, until Elisha prayed for his eyes to be opened. Then he saw what Elisha already knew, the heavenly host was much more numerous and powerful than the enemy army. Lord give us eyes of faith!


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