Our high school golf season ended yesterday. My husband is the coach of this quirky group of boys (aren’t all high school age boys quirky?), my son is on the team and so we’re heavily invested in the group, let’s just say.
Before the season began my husband had in his head a general idea of how the season would go. He had 2 seniors, 1 junior, a wad of sophomores, and then a whole slew of 7th – 9th graders. For the first time ever he actually had enough kids to have a JV Golf Team. He made a plan based on the make up of the group, as any coach would do.
And then, rec basketball stepped in. Specifically, two of the players on our GOLF team suffered serious injuries playing rec league BASKETBALL. One player made a comeback and was able to play in the state championship. The other – one of our seniors – missed his entire senior golf season after suffering a torn ACL. (Sidebar: I’m fairly certain Coach is going to have a new rule next year: absolutely no rec basketball if you’re on the golf team. Period.)
Anyway, the guys on the team had to deal with different issues. My son dealt with two of his closest friends not being able to travel and play in tournaments. Others dealt with having to qualify to make the travel team. My husband had to work with a constantly changing line-up. Our senior who tore his ACL had to deal with coming back from a devastating injury and disappointment over missing out on his last high school golf season.
You know what I call all of that?
This season didn’t really look like what any of us had planned– but then again, so much that happens to us in life doesn’t look like what we planned.
We plan, we predict, we assume – and when it doesn’t go as we plan, predict or assume, what is our reaction? We can go one of two ways – we can be mad at God or we can fully trust in His provision for our lives.
“Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.’ Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow… Instead, you ought to say, ‘If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.’” (James 4:13-15)
And you know what? Our injured senior will make a full recovery and play college golf next year. My son developed other friendships. Those who qualified for spots on the travel team learned perseverance, and my husband – well, he learned once again why he loves being the coach of a quirky bunch of high school boys.
God teaches us valuable lessons throughout our lives if we will take the time to learn from each situation and hold on to the rock – Jesus – no matter what life throws our way.
And yes, we need to make plans. But we should always want God’s plan FIRST, our plan SECOND, even if – well, that just wasn’t the plan.