August 17

Written by Bill Grandi on August 17th, 2020

Several years ago Jo and I went to see a movie with some friends. It was called Seabiscuit and it was based on a book by the same name by Laura Hillenbrand. (She also wrote Unbroken, the story of POW Louis Zamperini). Seabiscuit was a horse case aside by it owner and handlers and used primarily as a training horse for the “cream of the crop”-horses which were supposed to bring home the roses.

But in my mind, it was about so much more than a small horse.  Here’s why:

  • Seabiscuit was a cast away horse. Too small. But Tom Smith saw what he could be.
  • Tom Smith, a cowboy whose way of life changed with the introduction of barbed wire fences and an out-moded way of life.
  • Charles Howard, a bicycle mechanic, turned car enthusiast, turned tycoon, turned divorcee’ after his son took off in a car to fish and died in an accident, to a broken man. His life was turned around by the love of a woman and a horse named Seabiscuit.
  • Red, the privileged, rich kid turned destitute by the stock market crash, turned bitter fighter, turned jockey who rode “Biscuit” to victory.

There is so much more. I’d say, “Watch the movie” but beware it has some rough language issues. But it’s real (and probably nothing you or I have not heard more than we care to).

Several statements in that movie stand out to me:

“Though she be small she is mighty.”  Red quotes Shakespeare when describing Seabiscuit to adoring fans and press.

“You don’t throw a whole life away just because it’s banged up a little.” Tom on Seabiscuit’s future.

That latter applies to all of us. I can guarantee you after 67 years of life, I am banged up. I’m glad God didn’t throw me away because of it. No, His forgiveness was/is real. I must do the same with others.

“Father, thanks for not throwing me away or giving up on me. may I be the same with others you place in my world.”


4 Comments so far ↓

  1. Wow, Bill…I watched Seabiscut. An incredible movie. God created me in a way that has caused my children to not understand me. I don’t throw people away. I have been so misunderstood because of that. That’s Abba’s Nature in me. And like you, I know that God could have/should have thrown me away but did not/would not. And we when realize that, we to put it into practice. This is a great post. As usual. I read you – my devotional – a little late today. Thank you Abba for Bill and his insightful Wisdom that he so humbly shares with us all. He teaches me much.

    • Bill Grandi says:

      I can honestly say I am humbled by your response Diane. Blown away actually. Thank you so much for reading on a regular basis. And I am so glad I was able to be used by God through this devotion. Sometimes being understood is overblown. 🙂

  2. That was a wonderful movie, Bill, with lots of lessons to take away. So grateful that God never gives up on me, either!

    • Bill Grandi says:

      I’m glad you liked the movie too Martha. And, like you, I’m glad God didn’t give up on me.