Anyone a fan of ESPN?
My husband is. He turns it on for an hour.
It is his way of centering before he leaves for work.
Of course, it is all about Superbowl this whole week.
Usually, I tune it out because I’m not into football,
but this week I’m interested because the Seahawks are IN.
I cozy up with my husband on the couch with coffee in hand and listen to the interview.
Mr. Andrew (not his real name) is a famous quarterback talking about what it takes to be a great player.
“It’s about Trust and Anticipation,” he says.
“When I release the ball, I have to trust my wide receiver or running back to catch the ball and I have to anticipate that he will be where he is supposed to be. Many times, I can’t see my wide receiver. When that happens, I throw the ball and trust. During practice, we throw and catch all day. When game day comes, we know what to do.”
Is a quarterback’s relationship to his wide receiver like my relationship with God?
Yes, I think so. God is my wide receiver!
My quiet time includes going to a tiny chapel close to my home. That is where I center. I tell myself to breathe and be still for 10 minutes.
Inside the chapel with candles flickering all around me, I throw or release all my dreams, goals, and all my worries to Him.
I anticipate that all my prayers will be heard and already answered.
I release all my cares to Him, and, as I look at the cross way up high,
I see his long arms waiting to receive all that I have.
I trust that he has it all under control and that He knows what to do.
And, like Mr.Andrew, sometimes he can’t see his wide receiver.
At times, God is nowhere to be found.
I let him know. “God, I cannot find you in this mess .”
Throughout the day, I do see miracles planted along the way. When I see a penny or a dime on the street, I always think God is watching over me. When I get a call or text from one of my boys, it is a happy time. God knows that I need those messages.
I will never forget this one session with my Christian therapist. She told me, “You hold your issues or whatever you are going through so tight-fisted that God can’t do anything about it. Why is that? Do you not trust God? He is bigger than your problems and you. God can’t help you unless you open your hands and release all your cares to him. He will find a way. Even if you see no possibilities, I promise you, He will do a much better job than you can .”
We place so much attention and support
to our athletes and famous people around us.
Help us to learn to have the same kind of contagious excitement,
belief and trust in our relationship with you. In sports, teammates
learn to trust and believe in each other, teach us to learn to trust
and know that you will always be there to catch our prayers and
answer them .
Thank you and Amen,