A couple of days ago a video and article was circulating about a prank that went awry. A high school girl's basketball coach was to be given free Final Four basketball tickets if he made a half-court shot while blind folded during the halftime of a game. The prank was that the crowd would cheer wildly after he missed the impossible shot making him think that his shot went in.
The only problem was that he made the one- in a- million shot. You can catch the video on youtube!
Just this week I finished reading All Things Possible written by Arizona quarterback Kurt Warner, who will most likely announce his retirement from football today. Kurt Warner's story is one of the more prolific stories in all of sports history. He's known for going from grocery store stock boy to Super Bowl MVP all in one swoop.
Kurt's book tells how he had to persevere and trust in God's plan even when it didn't look right from his perspective. Haven't we all thought about that in our own predicaments at times?
"God, You're doing it all wrong! I have a way of doing it better and much quicker!"
Kurt had trouble getting playing time in college even though he believed in the talent that he possessed. From there he had trouble getting the pro's to give him a try so he bounced around from: Arena Football, NFL Europe, and the aforementioned stock boy. Through all of this he learned the value of having a true relationship with Jesus Christ and trusting in God's plan for his life. Kurt believes that God was preparing him for greater things to come.
After finally prevailing and making it on the St.Louis Rams, albeit the second string QB, Kurt would get his shot at stardom. During the preseason of 1999 the starting QB had his leg broken and here was the opening for Kurt Warner to step in and show his talent. Kurt threw 41 touchdowns that season, a team record at that time, was the leagues Most Valuable Player, and brought the Rams their first Super Bowl victory. Today all of his accomplishments will most assuredly put him in the Hall of Fame. But his off the field accomplishments are even greater as he goes around speaking to youth about Jesus Christ and persevering with faith. Kurt Warner trusted in God and ends up with a storybook career.
A couple of weeks from now during the Super Bowl you will see a 30 second anti-abortion commercial with Tim Tebow and his mother. Tim's mom was gravely ill in the mid 1990's and doctors tried talking her in to aborting her baby for fear of the baby's health. She denied their request. That baby was Tim Tebow, another quarterback, who has had the most storied collegiate career in history,playing for the University of Florida. He brought the Gators two championships and has literally single handedly lifted that university up to a higher level spiritually with his Christian faith.
When you mix God into the equation the impossible becomes possible.
One of the instructors in a class I was taking a few weeks ago said,
"If the Bible is real, then the stories within it are about real people who had real problems."
I am sure you can go to any Book in the Bible and you will find someone who was going through a problem. But you will also discover a most gracious Heavenly Father who stepped into that problem and made the impossible become possible.
With God all things are possible.