309 Days Later

Today's photo was actually taken yesterday. (It's my blog, so I get to make up the rules.) I'm using it today because the moment is just beginning to sink in to my memory. It has been 309 days since Steel played in his last high school football game. When his season ended at that time, we had no idea that he would ever have the opportunity to put on pads again play at the next level. I wrote about that devastating night in my Counted Blessings blog. You can read the post by clicking here. It was a moment of pure sorrow and grief that I shared with my son. It was an experience that I will never forget.

I've been thinking about that time a lot today. How things have changed. 309 days ago, we thought football was over for Steel. 309 days ago, we didn't know where he'd be going to college. If I knew 309 days ago that he'd play college football, I probably wouldn't have been so sad. I thought it was over... I could not have imagined that a day like yesterday would have happened or how good this would feel. Words cannot express the pure joy and pride I experienced watching my son take the field for the game today. He played quite a bit today. He was on kick return, and I found myself even a little delighted when the other team would score, knowing that Steel would be on the field again soon. (Boy, that's a confession.) To watch him carry the ball again, and break a tackle and make the second effort to gain 5 yards (just like he did in high school) was the best.

I've learned an important lesson. No matter how much sadness there is in my life, the joy and happiness is so much greater, those bad times fade away very quickly. The good always outweighs the bad. It reminds me that whatever my plans are, God's plan is so much greater than I could ever imagine. If I just trusted a bit more, was a little more patience I could avoid a lot of unnecessary stress. Baby steps.