Monday, December 7, 2009

Special Thanks to Tim Tebow

1 Corinthians 1:27 But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God has chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty.

Non-Gators, and even Christians who don't like or watch football, don't really get all the fuss over Tim Tebow. Even Christians, who aren't Gators, are at times uncomfortable with Tebow's open expression of his faith and belief in Christ.

And really, does writing verses on eye black and wearing them in a game really make any difference? Are all those google searches just curiosity? We get the sense that as a Christian Tebow might think it all worth it if only ONE person was saved. If only ONE person was helped by them. For us, if there was only ONE story, this would be it.

Below is how Tebow's eye black verse in the SEC Championship game comforted a grieving mother who lost her daughter in Sept.

Bible verses written on eye black does seem like such an insignificant thing, but look at what a difference it has made. And how great a difference something that small has made.

The story below is from Nathan's Prayer: Hope for Children with Congenital Heart Defects

Now, I’m not one for college ball. I love the NFL, but I’m watching the UF-Alabama game anyway. I’ve heard all the hype about Tebow, but really never gave him much interest.

I looked up today the scripture he had on his eye black, except that I looked up John 16:33 incorrectly thinking it was John 16:22. Here’s 16:22:

“Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy.”

If that is not my daughter speaking to me through God, through a college football player…. I don’t know WHAT IS!!! I just cried and cried, and smiled and was comforted.

I am getting better every day. There is relief in her death, because she is free from pain and she is absolutely SAFE. But it is simply UNNATURAL to be seperated from my baby. I described it to a friend recently that living without her is like being forced to live underwater without any gills. I have to come up for air all the time and it is exhausting and HARD. But, I can do it! Just like dolphins can do it by design- so can I. (PS- GO FINS!!!)

So anyway, college football has changed my life.

And by the way- I looked up John 16:33 and I already had highlighted it in my bible on 6/18/09. Tebow and I are literally on the same page.

“I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”


Psalm 126:5 Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy.

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