If you have not guessed it I am not your typical woman. I am crazy, I say things or do things that others take the wrong way when I mean nothing by them, I get my words and thoughts mixed up a bit, I like to stay busy and well, the list of unusual things could go on for a while. I even have a good friend that calls me Blondie. After reading this you will see how different I am than most women.
This past weekend was the 2016 NFL Draft. I have heard about the draft before and often caught glimpses of it. This year was different. I was actually sitting watching it for several hours. I was interested in who a couple of the teams drafted….the Colts being one of them. My husband walks in while I am watching it and asks, “Why are we watching this?” I honestly said, “There is nothing else on I am interested in. If you want to change it go ahead.” After flipping through the channels my husband who is not a sports person at all (except when his grandsons are playing) decided to leave it on the draft…he left for bed shortly after that. What can I say?
As I sat there I was fascinated by the many story lines concerning those young men who were being drafted. Some was there on site and some were apparently at home with family and friends gathered around the television watching all that was taken place. I loved it when they announced the pick. The camera would then swing to the young man and the jubilation would begin; high fives, hugs, kisses from mom and handshakes. The young man would come forward and have his picture taken with his new team logo and jersey. It was exciting and fun to watch. These young men were on the edge of a life changing event.
Towards the end (after about 7 rounds of this and three days later) I texted my son-in-law who like me is a sport freak and asked if all the young men got picked. He informed me that not all the men got drafted. My heart sank for all those young men who had dreams of playing in the NFL and didn’t make it. How many times as a young boy did they go out and play football dreaming of this day? Then just to have it end. How disappointing to have family and friends over and never get that call. What do you say to him? “Sorry, guess you’re not good enough.” Or do you say, “They just don’t know what they passed up, Son.” It hurts I am sure. All their dreams and all their hopes dashed.
As a mom I wanted to gather all of these young men up and start my own team; a team of all those that were rejected on draft day. I wanted to hug each one and say, “Come on we will start our own team.” Then God reminded me He has a team of players as well and many of them have been rejected for whatever reason.
Anyone coming to Him and wanting to play gets picked. He doesn’t choose the best, the fastest, the best looking or the one that comes from a good University or good family background or church. He takes all of them. God doesn’t draft people; He uses whoever comes to Him no matter their ability or background.
With God you don’t try out, try to do your best and hope you get picked. “The LORD will not reject his people; he will not abandon his special possession.” Psalm 94:14 There is no one to impress. There is nothing you have to do except accept Him, His forgiveness and His love and grace. One of the young players had done something in his past and of course put it on Facebook. According to him someone hacked his Facebook account and showed it to the Media just before the Draft began. He went from making several millions to just little millions. The Sportscasters wondered if he’d be picked at all.
God is not that way. God doesn’t reject you because of something you’ve done in the past. He has already taken your sins to the cross and you’ve been wiped clean. All He sees in you is the created person He made and loves. “Noah was a drunk, Abraham was too old, Isaac was a daydreamer, Jacob was a liar, Leah was ugly, Joseph was abused, Moses had a stuttering problem, Gideon was afraid, Samson had long hair and was a womanizer, Rahab was a prostitute, Jeremiah was too young ,David was an adulterer not to mention a murderer),Elijah was suicidal, Isaiah preached naked, Jonah ran from God, Naomi was a widow, Job went bankrupt, John the Baptist ate bugs, Andrew lived in the shadow of his big brother, Peter denied Christ, All the disciples fell asleep while praying (and ran away when Jesus really needed them.),Martha worried about everything, The Samaritan woman was divorced (more than once)Mary Magdalene was demon-possessed, Zaccheus was too small, Timothy had an ulcer, Paul was a Christian-killer, Oh…and Lazarus was dead (taken from Keith Ferrin).” I think that pretty well sums it up…there is nothing that you can do that would not make God draft you. You are draftable. You just need to show up and be willing to play.
Some of these young men that were drafted will become great players, some will be a disappointment, and some may be let go. When you join God’s team you will be a great player as long as you let God coach you just like you would if you were on an NFL Team. He will never let you go. You are on His team for life. Deuteronomy 31:6 says, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”
Those who were not drafted will wake up and wonder what’s in their future. With God you may not know your future, but you will know who holds your future in His hands and it will turn out just fine. Not being drafted may end the hopes and dreams of some, but being on God’s team hope abounds and dreams of a brighter tomorrow is a reality. Many of those drafted will be making riches, but we know riches come and go; God’s love for us is never fleeting. For those on God’s team it’s not about worldly treasures, it’s all about treasures that are beyond anything we can dream of or measure.
For some of you reading this you might think you are not draft worthy, but friend let me tell you, you are. God has a position for you to play and it can only be filled and played by you. You wouldn’t want to miss the opportunity to make a big play in a game so why miss the opportunity to play on God’s team and make that one big play that only you can make? Come and join God’s team. We are looking for players just like you.
Dear God, I pray for all those young men who didn’t make it. I pray for their families who thought this just might be the break they were waiting on. Their hopes and dreams may be dashed, but I ask Dear Lord that you bring someone into their lives that will tell them about your team and how much they are needed for a certain position or a certain play. Help them to know there is a team where one cannot be rejected, there are no tryouts and everyone is treated with love and respect. Help them to see the treasures you have in store for them if they will just come and play on Your team. Thank you God for all your blessings and for your team. Bless each team player and may your love and blessings flow down on each one. Amen.