13 Jan

My husband and teenage sons have been trying to get me to blog about NFL star Tim Tebow. I roll my eyes at this suggestion because my football expertise is, well, let’s say limited.

I did play powder-puff football back in high school. Not because I was interested in powder-puff football, but because I was interested in the varsity football players who were coaching it. During the games, I would run around the field wearing pink lip gloss and trying to avoid the ball.

Even though I am not as football-obsessed as other members of my household, I do like football. And I like Tim Tebow. Last Sunday, I too, jumped up & down and screamed at the TV during the amazing eleven seconds of overtime in the Bronco-Steelers game.

Who doesn’t love a last minute come-back? Aren’t we all encouraged by knowing that even when we are facing a daunting challenge, everything can change for the better in just eleven seconds? Unless, of course, you’re a Steelers fan.

It’s all about the timing.

A few years ago, I became involved in a ladies Bible study (thanks to my good friend, Kamela), and we currently have our brains immersed in a Beth Moore study. (I may know nearly nothing about football, but go ahead and ask me about the Septuagint or eschatology or a guy named Maccabeus). In last week’s lesson, Beth emphasized how our God is a God of timing. The Bible is filled with examples of this.

Sometimes I wish I could get a peek at God’s calendar. It would no doubt have prevented more than a few moments of gut-twisting panic and teeth-clenching worries during the last 5 years. Cancer would have been of no concern if I could have just checked God’s calendar and seen that the day would eventually come in which I would be healthy and well again.

But that’s not how it works, is it? Because it’s about God’s timing. Not mine.

This is a concept that Tim Tebow seems to understand. And that’s what I admire about him. He doesn’t force the timing. He leaves that to God. Whether he’s winning or losing, Tim does what Tim does best. He simply lives his life as a testimony to God’s love and incredible almightiness.

It doesn’t matter if we are playing football or fighting cancer. Whatever we are doing in our lives, it is an opportunity for our testimonies to shine, all to the glory of our God, whose timing is always perfect.


3 Responses to “Footbology”

  1. bobbiejayne January 13, 2012 at 4:26 pm #

    hi jill. thank you for sharing that. i love beth moore. i watch her here in rhode island every wednesday at five thirty am. what study are you doing? hugs and love from bobbiejayne.

    • jillnogales January 13, 2012 at 5:03 pm #

      So good to hear from you, Bobbiejayne! How are you doing? I love Beth Moore too. We’re doing the study on Daniel. Not easy, but definitely good stuff! What study are you doing?

  2. Kamela January 13, 2012 at 9:45 pm #

    Amazing perspective Jill! This will be one of my favorite posts. I just had to smile about the Septuagint or eschatology or a guy named Maccabeus. Thanks for that!

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