Saturday, January 17, 2009

Having a Front Row Seat

This talk was given at half-time to the spectators of all 4 Upwards Basketball League games, Saturday, January 17, 2009. I thought I'd share it with you:

Is there anything like having a front row seat at a sporting event? Being down on the floor at a basketball game, so close that you can see the player’s sweat really makes you feel like you’re part of the game. Sitting in the end zone to be there for that Lambeau leap is an unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime experience. And having tickets right behind the dugout is a close as a spectator can get to sitting with the baseball team. You can great pictures. You can get sweat on. You can catch balls or have players land in your lap.

But I would contend that there’s an even better front row seat than any of these – and that’s having a front row seat to watching God work. This season, I challenge each of you to keep your eyes open. Watch to see the “win” God allows you to be a part of. It may be seeing a neighbor willingly help you out in a pinch with the kids. It may be witnessing the Lord care and provide for your family through a jobless situation. It may be beating the odds in a serious medical situation. I’ll bet many of those passengers on that plane that landed in the Hudson on Thursday were able to see God up close and personal.

The fact is folks that God tells us in Jeremiah 32:27 “I am the Lord, the God of all mankind. Is there anything too difficult for me?” I’m here to testify to you that this word from God is true!

I am a woman who has lived through a great deal over the years. But I had no peace through life’s challenges until I stopped trying to figure it all out for myself, and started believing, I mean really believing that God alone is worthy of my trust. Then I got those front row seats to see Him provide for my family in unexpected ways when my husband found himself between jobs 5 times in 7 years. I got the front row seat to watch Him provide us with children after years of miscarriage and infertility treatment. I got that front row seat to witness Him carry us through the challenges of raising a child with a bleeding disorder that costs over $150,000 to treat. By the world’s standards, we should be losers. We should have lost our home. We should have lost our sanity. We should have lost our hope and our faith. Now, I’m not going to tell you that you’d have the same outcome as us, but you’re never a loser when you have a front row seat to watching God work.

May today mark the beginning of you getting in the game by opening your heart and trusting the Lord. Then you’ll have a front row seat to witness Him making some miraculous plays in your life!

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