He walks up to the line of scrimmage and sets up under center. As he does, he surveys the D. He takes stock of his life. They’re in a base 4-3, and the Mike linebacker is showing blitz. Financial difficulty. He’s got the right formation, spread, with twins on the right and trips on the left…empty backfield. Recognizing they’re coming after him, he checks down and calls an audible…quick slant to the primary receiver. Job stress. “Set!” he yells, trying to be heard above the 80,000 plus crowd on hand for the game of his life. “Blue-Forty-five! Omaha! Check two! Check two! Hut-Hut! pause Hut!” Trying to lead your family. Did I mention it’s fourth and two on the two-yard-line and he’s down by six? With the championship on the line? And two seconds left on the clock? Dealing with loss.
The ball is snapped, and he takes his three-step-drop. In the split seconds it takes for him to get into position, he gathers as much information about the defense as a computer does in a nanosecond. Here comes Mike. His line holds and picks him up. The primary gets off the line of scrimmage without a hitch. He’s in luck. The secondary rotates to his left, creating a hole for his wideout. Is he making the right decisions for his life…his family…his foundation? In one brief instant, everything is right in his world. Everything shifts into slow motion, as if he’s the only one moving at normal speed. He sees it all so clearly. He stares Death in the face and doesn’t flinch.
It all comes rushing into full speed. His target makes his fake, plants and cuts left on an angle. He drops back, sets his plant foot and lets fly. A beautiful, tight spiral that zips through the upraised hands of the right end. By the time the d-back recognizes the play, it’s too late. The ball flies true and hits #1 square in the hands…”Toouuucchhhdddooowwwn, JEEEESSSUUUUSSSSSS!!!” He lets it all go and gives it ALL to Him to handle.
When God is your go-to-guy, the victory is already won.
“Then, when our dying bodies have been transformed into bodies that will never die, this Scripture will be fulfilled:
Death is swallowed up in victory. O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting? For sin is the sting that results in death, and the law gives sin its power. But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ.
So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.”
-1 Corinthians 15:54-58
Author’s note: I’m a veteran football player and coach, and I’m a lifelong fan. I make no apologies for the football jargon in this post. I will, however, explain what it means to anyone that messages me with questions. 🙂 Be a blessing!