During the making of the great epic movie "Ben Hur," Charlton Heston worked long hours with the stunt trainers to learn to drive a chariot for the movie's crucial chariot race scene.
He improved greatly with His mastery over the horses and rig, but finally became convinced the task was more of a challenge than He had initially anticipated.
He approached the legendary director of the movie, Cecil de Mille about the scene.
"Mr.de Mille," he said, "I've worked very hard at mastering this rig, and I think I can drive it convincingly in the scene. But I don't think I can win the race."
The director replied, "You just drive. I'll do the rest."
God has a way of orchestrating the various races we run during the course of our lives. He trust us to do our part in "manning the rigs."
We must trust him to determine the result of the race.
"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.
Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:1-2)
"The greatest act of faith is when man decides he is not God."