We’re buckled up to this season and ready to roll. And I can’t help thinking about a friend of ours driving to visit us for the first time.
“It was dark,” he began. “I was riding along at a pretty good clip. No hazards, no cause for concern.
‘Until there was. Until I hit a bump and went airborne, headlights skyward, road falling away…. All I could do was pray and shout, “HERE WE GO!”
My friend’s story feels like the perfect metaphor for every football season. We football families strap ourselves in and get ready for this ride of our lives.
We think we’re ready for anything.
We meal prep and mentally prep and lay out kids’ clothes for the week. We load game bags, and wine cabinets, and schedules on Google calendar to share with husbands. We set reminders, too. Lots and lots and lots of reminders. Daily, hourly, minute-by-minute reminders.
But no matter how many times we’ve been down this road, no matter how prepared we think we are, no matter how many calendars and frozen dinners and and bottles of wine, something will go wrong. Something always goes wrong.
Some unknown, unpredictable speed bump comes out of nowhere and sends us airborne. Our eyes must turn skyward as the road falls away and we shout, “HERE WE GO!!!”
It never fails.
But neither does God. It’s not us in total control, no matter what we think. That belongs to God.
Life is hard. And the football life is harder than hard.
But football families can do hard things… With our best-laid plans and God in control, we can do harder than hard things. We can do this football life.
2021 Football Season — HERE WE GO!!!