Last year, my son played basketball and football as a junior behind some very good senior athletes. His time on the field and court was very limited, so when he entered his senior year, he had high hopes of a great year in both sports. He came out as the team quarterback with good numbers and solid leadership on the field. His performance was strong and noteworthy and his coaches claimed he was possibly heading for a section leading season.
But then the week after one of his strongest games he was rushed into surgery for an appendectomy. And with that, his football season ended. The year he had anticipated for so long and worked so hard for was over and he was left wondering, “what if I had been able to finish the year? What could I have done?” As he recovered from the surgery, he stood on the sidelines and watched his team compete without him. And it was hard. It was very hard. That was his team and he wanted to be out there leading them.
After a good basketball season as a starter, he applied to Greenville College, a Christian college in Illinois where his sister goes. He met with the basketball coach and discussed the possibility of playing for them. But while at the school, he noticed the football team, and watching them stirred up his desire to play football again. That desire festered until one day he was encouraged by a cousin and former coach at Greenville to go out for football at Greenville. And that was all it took.
One week later, after talking with the football coach (who had seen TJ’s films), TJ signed a commitment letter to play football for Greenville College.
It’s weird, how God works. We’ll never know why TJ had to end his senior football season early. But for whatever reason, it seems God is giving TJ a chance to “finish it” now, to reach and surpass the potential that he could have discovered in high school–and now he has four years to do it!