As my son Luke and I were heading to a recent lacrosse tournament, we found ourselves yet again driving down the New York State thruway. It’s like a concrete treadmill that just keeps going: flat, straight and the same road I have been on my whole life. The people that know how to drive it are constantly changing lanes to maneuver around those in no hurry, who seem to unite and commit to sitting in the left lane — driving an average of 65.1 MPH. As my son Luke played his pre-game music, I was thankful for at least that part of our routine. There was not much new under the sun.
As I relaxed, a thought jumped into my head out of nowhere.
Next weekend we have another lacrosse tournament, and I am not certain that we will have enough players to field our team, given so many players have conflicts. As worry built in my head, I began to run through the roster in my mind. I knew we needed to find a few exceptional players, who at the last minute would be able to travel approximately 300 miles to play 6 games with our team in a few short days. As the car soared down the thruway, my anxiety was building. I prayed, “Lord, can you help me with this one? How are you going to work out my stressful situation?” I knew that in 45 minutes I would get to enjoy watching Luke play lacrosse, but worry of next weekend’s tournament filled my head.
We exited the thruway and approached our routine gas station that we stop at before we arrive at lacrosse tournaments in Tully, NY. As I looked around for some drinks and snacks for the day, I saw many familiar faces.
Then, I just happened to walk by one of our FCA parents in town for the same event. He was not with his son who played in our program, but rather his younger brother who looked remarkably close to the age of my team that was short players. As this younger player introduced himself, I couldn’t help but ask, ”What grade are you in?” with a hopeful smile on my face. After a brief conversation amongst the four of us, we made our way to the tournament site.
This coming weekend, this boy will be one of the three guest players who will be an answer to my prayer, as we have enough players to field a team. This boy represents an answered prayer as we will be fielding a full team this weekend. He, along with two other boys, will step in for those teammates who have commitments that I believe far outweigh the importance of being with our team.
I think you would agree that it is easy to see God in the prayers he answers a few short minutes from when you prayed. However, are there prayers that you have prayed many years ago that have yet to be answered?
Prayer is an opportunity to grow closer to God through personal and direct dialogue with Him. As He desires a deeper relationship with each of us, God loves it when we come to Him in prayer. Persevere in your prayers and keep bringing them to God the Father.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”
– Phil 4:6-7
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