Well I think you would have to be living under a rock with your head in the sand if you haven't heard or seenJessica Watson's triumphant return home to Sydney Harbour today! It was an emotional journey through the harbour with thousands looking on, and her parents and family sailing alongside in a VIP boat.
As I wrote in my last blog, Jessica is a remarkable young woman who has shown that courage, persistence and hard work coupled with an almighty dream will see you accomplish anything you put your mind to.
Listening to Jessica speak and then be interviewed, showed a woman who was confident in who she was, someone who had grown up in the past few months, and wasn't afraid to be herself.
When the Prime Minister spoke about Jessica being a 'hero', her reply was inspiring:- "I don't consider myself a hero. I'm an ordinary girl who believed in her dream, You don't have to be someone special to achieve something amazing. You've just got to have a dream, believe in it and work hard."
The truth is that only a small percentage of the population actually achieve their dreams. It's a sad reality that causes people like Jessica to stand out and be given a hero's welcome. So many of us have dreams, great dreams, but how many of us actually act on them and see them through to completion.
I hazard to guess that many of us start well, and sail off with expectation and excitement. But when that first wave of resistance, or negativity hits, how long before we turn round and run home.
Jessica experienced seven knock downs over her round the world voyage. A knock down is a nautical term for the boats mast being horizontal with the water, and a couple of those knock downs took her mast well under water. Her cabin was flooded numerous times, I imagine the shock of being knocked over in the deep ocean alone would have been very frightening. But even this horror wasn't enough to send sixteen year old Jessica running for safe waters.
It's those in history that have stared fear in the eyes and sucked their guts in and persevered through the most difficult times, who grace our history books and raise the bar to higher levels.
What makes Jessica a hero is not the amazing accomplishment of sailing around the world solo; what makes Jessica a hero is her character and courage to get up again and again after she was knocked down.
If you, like me have experienced some of life's knock downs, you would appreciate the will and courage it takes to get up again. Sometimes it takes a long time to pull yourself up, and other times it's just a matter of brushing yourself up and getting back on your feet.
Whatever has been your knock down, if you know Christ, you would know that every act of standing back up has been assisted by the arms of God. We may fall down alone, and we may publicly stumble in the dirt; but when we stand, we are helped to our feet by heavenly hands.
For if it wasn't for the strong arms of our Father God, we may never walk again.
Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down;For the LORDupholds him with His hand.
The LORD upholds all who fall,And raises up all who are bowed down.