I have not only been ‘benched’ but I was booted off the team. I tried out, made the team and then it was decided that I just could not do it. When you hear your Father say “Try out…I AM SUFFICIENT in your weakness…YOU are able to do ALL things according to the GRACE I give.” and it is risky but you take leaps. Leaps of faith that seem crazy but in all the crazy there is peace and open doors. There are yes’ where there should be no and YOU make the team!! Then just as you are thrown into the game, they bench you and then you get booted off the team entirely.
It is devastating.
It is confusing.
It is derailing.
It is exhausting.
It is sad. Very sad.
After all the hard work to uproot and move to be a team player…they decide. That’s that. They say “You CAN”T” to the Father’s “We CAN”!! Is their ‘no’ bigger than His yes??? Did I hear His voice wrong?? That’s the moment. The critical moment when you decide…throw in the towel completely to secure safety or become the underdog. You know the countless stories were an unknown hero hears his/her ‘yes’ and everyone else says they can not, will not accomplish it. There is that moment, that choice everyone can choose who they are going to believe…The ONE yes…or countless NOs. That moment when they choose to get up and keep taking steps toward His yes or give.up. Choosing that one Yes is choosing the One True God that NOTHING can stand against.
That One YES is from the God of the Underdogs….Abraham and Sarah, Hannah, Noah, Joseph, Moses, Joshua, Rehab, Esther, Job, Gideon, Jonah, David, Mary …..JESUS. What if they took NO for an answer. What if they took Fear’s no and quit. What is they listened to all the reasons they can not do it. What if they did not take His YES as the Truth. Believing His Yes takes faith, not heroics. I believe He takes much pleasure in the Underdog. He reveals MUCH glory in their overcoming GREAT odds in His strength.
So if you have been ‘benched’ or ‘booted’ know that at any moment you can keep pursuing God’s call on your life. His Yes is HIS WILL and it WILL be accomplished. So I am an UNDERDOG…and I trust His YES…taking steps in Faith…FACING all the nos and choosing NOT to believe them.
I bless you with HIS yes over your life.
I bless you with knowing the Truth and being SET free from all the Nos.
I bless you with peace in the uncertainty.
I bless you with His grace sufficient in all things.
I bless you with life-giving people who will believe in God’s Yes.
I bless you with taking another step.
I bless you with forgiveness in place of bitterness.
I bless you with the Spirit’s guidance whispering ‘Go this way or that way’
I bless you with failing without being a failure.
I bless you with many opportunities to overcome in weakness that reveal His strength.
I bless you with no depending on your own understanding, but in ALL your ways acknowledge HIM.
I bless you with peace beyond your understanding, your heart and mind guarded in the name of Jesus. AMEN.