A year ago our church showed a powerful video on Father’s Day about an inspirational story of a father and son duo. It started with a simple request by the son, “Dad, will you take part in a marathon with me?” In spite of a heart condition, the father willingly obliged to the delight of the son.
That was just the beginning.
Over 25 years later they have participated together in countless number of marathons. You may be wondering why this story is so inspirational. The son was born with cerebral palsy, which has inhibited him physically—yet he dreams on!
Then one day the son asks his father if they could do the Ironman competition. This is the most daunting question of all. It is a triathlon that entails the following three events in succession: (1) 2.4 mile (3.86 kilometer) ocean swim (2) 112 mile (180.2 kilometer) bike ride (3) 26.2 mile (42.195 kilometer) marathon along the coast of Hawaii's Big Island.
The father said, “Yes!”
I’ll let you watch the ending for yourself.Here is the event itself played to a beautiful song:
Here is an segment that was produced for a television show. Very touching!
May the Team Hoyt inspire you!
I’m also reminded of my own relationship with my Heavenly Father when I view these videos. It is a good reminder on this 4th of July celebration as we remember the Declaration of Independence. I’m stirred after viewing this story to remember my need for a “Declaration of DEPENDENCE” upon my Father in heaven. Truly the Father is looking for those who will be utterly dependent upon Him in this hour.
James 1:17—Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.