Proverbs 16:9 The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps (ESV.)
I had read about some NFL greats, both Hall of Famers and those slated for the accolade. Something I noticed was quite a few started out as “second stringers” or benchwarmers. They weren’t chosen as starters. Many were paid to basically sit there and watch someone else on the field play their position. But, opportunity came-often suddenly. The big break.
A couple of players in particular stood out to me: Brett Favre and Aaron Rodgers. I happen to be a Green Bay Packers fan, so this is especially interesting to me. Brett Favre was an Atlanta Falcon his first year as a backup Quarterback. He was traded after one season to Green Bay. Again, he was a benchwarmer until Don Majkowski was injured. His first completed pass was actually to himself via a tipped pass. He went on to win many awards, a Super Bowl, and be inducted into the Hall of Fame after a long career. Then there’s Aaron Rodgers.
He sat under Brett Favre for a number of seasons. Being Brett was such a sturdy player, he spent his time warming the bench a lot. Rodgers was a 24th round draft pick. In fact, he didn’t initially qualify for an athletic scholarship for college. He later received one. But who knew how great he would become? God did.
God has a plan.
Ok, enough football talk. How about Joseph? He had a dream to hold onto. I’ll bet those years in prison were trying. It’s doubtful others were looking at him saying, “He’s destined for greatness. One day I will serve him and he’ll be second in command.” His circumstances seemed pretty hopeless and depressing. But God. When it’s time, it’s time.
I sense there’s someone reading this that has big dreams in their heart. You’re the benchwarmer with visions of throwing that winning touchdown pass. That album. That book. That mission outreach abroad. Local ministry. Whatever it is. Perhaps you got the word. You saw the vision. But you’re stuck on the sidelines. Maybe you’ve been unjustly treated and in prison. I’ve got a word for you.
Your “big break” starts with the inner big break. When God has refined you and worked the brokenness He desires, your outward big break will come.
Timing. Until then, be ready and faithful. You never know when your moment will come. When it does, shine.
Genesis 50:20 ESV As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.
Proverbs 3:5-6 ESV Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
Habakkuk 2:3 ESV For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end—it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay.
1 Thessalonians 5:24 ESV He who calls you is faithful; he will surely do it.