January 31, 2014
I’ve finally made peace with John Elway. Guys close to me are really glad. They are tired of hearing about it. My friend Steve said he’d been praying I would. (I think he was kidding.)
I am a huge fan of Tim Tebow. If you don’t know who he is, I’ll give you a short history. He played college football at the University of Florida and won the Heisman Trophy as a sophomore. He was well thought of and a positive role-model, making no secret about being a Christian. (His parents had been Baptist missionaries to the Philippines.)
For almost two years at University of Florida, Tim wore Bible verses in the black stuff under his eyes during football games. One newspaper said he had turned it into a spiritual billboard. During the NCAA Championship in 2009, Tebow wore John 3:16-his favorite verse-in his eye black. (It was reported that John 3:16 was Googled 92 million times that day!)
It was Tim Tebow’s dream to be an NFL quarterback. In 2010, he was selected by the Denver Broncos as a first round draft pick. (The NFL has a rule that nothing is allowed to be written in a player’s eye black. Tim wore a wristband with a verse on it instead.)
He has caught slack over publicly professing Christ. He’s been mocked by comedians and spoofed on Saturday Night Live. He bowed to pray before each game and always thanked the LORD in his post-game interviews.
One of Tebow’s most memorable games was in January of 2011. The Denver Broncos defeated the Pittsburg Steelers in a playoff game in overtime. It had been a tough game. Tim had been in a slump for a few weeks. In the final few minutes, it seemed that something miraculous was going on! The Denver Broncos defeated the Pittsburg Steelers in OVERTIME! The Associated Press reported that he threw for 316 yards. He averaged 31.6 yards per completed pass. The television rating for the last part of the game was 31.6. (It was sooo cool! 3:16 was EVERYWHERE! So, more people Googled John 3:16 again!)
Tim Tebow has never been arrested. He is not on drugs, nor has he ever been. He did not scream and swear during the games-or afterward. He is kind to others. He does missionary work…and on and on. Bottom line…Tim Tebow stands for Jesus and overall good.
His dream was to be an NFL quarterback, but it’s not worked out so great. Denver traded him to the Jets. A few months later, the Jets let him go.
Last year, Tim signed a non-guaranteed contract with the Patriots. By this time, I’d been praying for him on a regular basis. (He’s such a good boy and the same age as my kids.) I tried to contact him to tell him that I knew God had a plan for him and that I was praying but he only tweets or Facebook’s. I don’t. After two months, the Patriots cut him.
I just wanted him to succeed! I wanted all the trash talkers-the people who had mocked him-to eat all their nasty words. I wanted them to see what God could do and would do for this fine young Jesus loving man! I wanted God to show THEM who was good and who was not! He was the modern day David against Goliath! (I was fired up!) But…as I said, his dream was not working out.
It’s probably a good time to tell you that I blamed all of this on John Elway, the executive vice-president of operations for the Denver Broncos. The buck stopped with him. He’s the one who let Tim go. Democrats blame Republicans, Republicans blame Democrats, but I blamed everything on John Elway.
And I was wrong. (Don’t ask me to tweet or Facebook him.) God is way bigger than John Elway AND Tim Tebow. Job 42:2 says: I know that you can do all things; no purpose of yours can be thwarted.” (I love the word “thwart”.) If God wanted Tim Tebow to be a NFL quarterback for forever, son, there’s nobody that could stop him! He did get to realize his dream if only for a short while. Recently, he was hired to be a sports analyst by ESPN. Woohoo! I’m so proud of him. I know he will do a great job!
The best part is that God always has a plan. Jeremiah 29:11 says: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, to give you hope and a future.” That’s good stuff! So I can know, know, know, when things don’t work out the way I want them, God has a different-a better-plan for me.
Like Tim Tebow, I’ve had dreams that have not come to fulfillment. I have wanted to write a book for some time, picturing myself at book signings at Joseph Beth Books. I have been rejected over and over. God knows the timing or that it might have gone to my head. I can trust Him. A few months ago I wanted to dress up like the tooth fairy and go to the hospitals and health departments to encourage new parents to brush their children’s teeth and start early! (Some dreams may be caffeine related.)
As we go in to the Super Bowl, I’m once again rooting for the Broncos. No, Tim Tebow is not their quarterback, but Peyton Manning is a good guy. And he’s a GREAT quarterback. This time, when they show John Elway, I won’t turn off the TV.
Today, I read that Tim preached at a church in Jacksonville, FL and it was awesome! One reporter said this may be his true calling. Hmmm. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares he LORD….