They say the older you get, the quicker time seems to pass and I can attest to the truth of that statement. It amazes me to think I am coming to the close of my first year of full-time ministry with FCA at Syracuse University.
For years I had a certain plan for my life and future. In June of 2017, I was going to end my 20 year teaching career and spend my days traveling and “being a blessing.” Instead, I started a new career in ministry, full of uncertainty and complete dependence on God and guess what – I was still able to “be a blessing!” I knew what I wanted, but God knew what I needed.
This year has been full of so many God moments, too many to count. God has orchestrated daily divine appointments, and I have grown to know and love so many coaches, staff and athletes on our campus. My biggest surprise has been the impact FCA has had on the parents of the athletes. I was in my local post office this week, shipping a box to my daughter in Oklahoma. When it was my turn, I put the box up on the scale. Immediately, the clerk tipped it on its side, revealing my name and address. Behind me I heard a man say, “Hey, I think that is THE Michelle Malara.” When I turned around, there was a big, burly man and a woman. I told him I was she and he proceeded to walk up and give me a HUGE hug. He then went on to tell the clerk, and everyone else in the post office, that “She has our Sammy, she loves on our Sammy.” His grandson is on the rowing team and regularly attends our weekly FCA huddle. The woman with him was Sam’s mom and she couldn’t thank me enough. She told me how thankful she is for FCA and what it has meant to their family. I was then able to share with them why God has me on campus and some of the ways God is moving not only in Sam’s life, but in the lives of others.
That’s how big our God is. He works behind the scenes to set up post office appointments because he is a seeker of lost sheep. May I always remember to “lift up my eyes” because the harvest may be ready in situations where I would never expect it. (John 4:35)
Since 1954, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes has been challenging coaches and athletes on the professional, college, high school, junior high and youth levels to use the powerful medium of athletics to impact the world for Jesus Christ. FCA focuses on serving local communities by equipping, empowering and encouraging people to make a difference for Christ – to see the world impacted for Jesus Christ through the influence of coaches and athletes.
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