Here's Your Sign

Sometimes a last-ditch effort is the beginning of an end.

So the Dolphins' win against the Pats this season was epic! I mean epic! So many people (including myself) walked away, knowing that in the last seven seconds there was no way Vanillahill would push the chains and win the game. But man if that team didn’t pull through! And against one of our rivals...EPIC! I shook my head as I smiled, watching them play backyard football for the win.

I was also whispering to myself, “Oh ye of little faith.” Then I wondered where that phrase even came from. So I googled it! I have to be honest, I thought it was Yoda at first. Turns out it was Jesus!
Matthew 8:26
He replied, "You of little faith, why are you so afraid?" Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.

How often in our life are we waiting for our prayers to be answered that we almost give up entirely? Shut that door and walk away “knowing” that what it is we want will never be. Only to be caught off guard by that last ditch Hail Mary that saves us.

Lately I’ve been praying and the skies haven’t really been opening. Sure we aren’t in the desert but I’d say we are just on this plateau in life. Not going backwards but not upwards either. Nothing MORE. So I prayed and prayed. I was kind of hoping God would have this flashing sign on the road that says “Natalie, turn this way!” But there was nothing. Nada. Rien.

So I walked into church and said “I’m here, you’re here, let’s connect.” And connect we did. That day, Deacon Bob took the mic as our priest often lets and he called all the children to the front to sit on the steps in the very front of the church. His homily that day was about Jesus and preparing ourselves for him. He asked the kids what they would want to be caught doing would Jesus appear to them today. And as cute kids often do they shared mostly a generalized sense of love and devotions. Some said praying while others said helping. Makes sense, easy enough.

Then the wise Deacon Bob said something profound. It was the confirmation I needed that day. He said, and I quote (Because I texted his wife and asked her for the exact wording - thanks Miss Arline!):
“If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got.”

So simple. So easy. And yet so profound. We are constantly changing. On a daily basis we make tiny tweaks to our daily life that slightly alter the mundane. It may be to shave five minutes off our commute or prepare dinner faster. But each move is a tiny concerted effort towards change. But what about big changes. Leaps of faith? What about moments when we need to just hand it all over to God and hope he can push the chains down the field for us? Get that last chance to win the game?

Go for that last ditch effort, launch your craziest play, and see what happens. Lo and behold, you do it and BOOM, you’ve surprised not just yourself but a whole fan-nation! In the spirit of change and preparation...God scores a touchdown every time.

Reality Changing Observations:

Q1. In what ways do you need to be better prepared for Jesus return?

Q2. If Jesus came today, what would you want to be caught doing?

Q3. How has an encounter with someone's narrative ever moved you or answered your prayer?

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