The Olympic Diver
(a true story, author unknown)

"Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth." Proverbs 27:1

An Olympic gold medalist high diving champion was once plagued with insomnia.  As he tossed and turned upon his bed, he began thinking deeply about the success he had attained in his field.  He meditated on the gold medals he had won.  As he lay there, to his dismay he realized that his fame had suddenly become vanity.  His success had not achieved what he had hoped.  The excitement of winning, the photographers, the medals and the fame had given him some sense of pleasure, but the fact of death awaiting him, left with a complete sense of futility.

Suddenly, he had had enough of laying there.  Almost out of habit he rose and made his way to the diving pool.  It was the early hours of the morning.  As he climbed the high diving board, he watched his shadow cast by the moonlight on the far wall.  Practice had become so commonplace to him that he could confidently walk that board in the semi-darkness. At the end of the diving board, he made ready for the dive.  He placed his feet together, then pulled his arms back to a horizontal position.  As he did so, his eyes caught a glimpse of his shadow on the far wall.  All he could see was a perfect cross.  His mind immediately raced back to his Sunday school days.  "God commended His love toward us in that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us."  All of a sudden he felt unclean as he meditated on Christ.  The sinless Son of God had come to pay the penalty for his sins on that cross.  With tears in his eyes, that great athlete turned around, slowly made his way down to the bottom of the diving board, fell to his knees and yielded his life to Jesus Christ.

At daybreak he arose and made his way back to the pool.  To his utter astonishment, it was completely empty.  The previous evening, the caretaker had emptied the pool, and was just in the process of refilling it!


"That story was given as a sermon illustration in the book, but it has application for anyone.  We never know when the Lord will choose to take us or someone we know.  If we have relatives that are unbelievers, we need to make sure that they know about the Lord!  God spared the life of that man, but what would have happened if that athlete hadn't heeded God's message? He probably would have jumped off the diving board and been killed."

"For behold, NOW is the day of Salvation." -2 Corinthians 6:2