Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Two Men Two Paths

I live in Ohio - one mere hour from Cleveland. So the LeBron James news and anticipation of his decision is all over the news and the newspapers. I actually saw LeBron play when he was still in high school. I probably should have paid more attention to the game, but to me he was just another kid on the basketball court and I was rooting for the other team anyway. As the media-hype tells us, tomorrow night at 9:00 p.m. (exact time unknown) the big announcement will be made as to whether LeBron stays in Cleveland or goes to another city to play for another team. The sports world sits at the edge of their seats in anticipation. I imagine some are even losing sleep tonight over it all and others are wildly making bets on LeBron's life decisions. Millions of dollars beyond my imagination are at stake for many in many different ways. I don't have the exact figure, but I was awestruck when the Cleveland Plain Dealer posted the amount of money LeBron was worth in revenue to the City of Cleveland. The number of followers on his Twitter account was downright insane after only a very short period of time. In 24-hours, LeBron will will let the world know where he is going.

This week another man is traveling from Ohio to North Carolina and then on to Texas. North Carolina is where his family is. He's going home for a visit before heading out to Texas. No one is tweeting about him. His car is running on the grace of God and he was thankful for $25.00 to put towards getting his brakes fixed before the trip. He doesn't have a job yet. He isn't deciding what city he will go to in the next few days and weeks. He isn't worried about it either. God told him to go to Dallas. That was all he needed to know for now. He sought God and God gave him direction. No hype. No media frenzy. No one making bets on whether he will make it. Men are praying for him and trusting God that he will make it to Dallas, Texas. Everyone who meets him just loves him and you won't find a happier or more thankful soul. In his words "God is goooooood!"

So tonight, two men will lay their heads down to sleep. Somewhere deep within them a stirring will take place of who they are, where they came from and where they are going. Both men are poised to change peoples lives. Only God knows where each of them will end up.


Ethan said...

Wow. That's a great thought.

Renee said...

This is a very good puts everything in perspective. Thanks

Tanya said...

Wow!!World view versus total obedience and dependence on our great God! Really makes you stop and think !

Gigi said...

I will be praying for this nameless (to me, not to God) man as mercies, loving arms to greet him in NC and in TX, shelter, food to feed his body, godly people to lift him up and feed his soul, and a job at the end of his travels to pull it all together and give him a sense of satisfaction and productivity at the end of each day. It sounds like he has the right traveling companion already! Jesus!

Brandy said...

I really enjoyed this..thansk for sharing...and what a great analogy!

Sean and Lisa said...

Excellent post!

I'm not one who subscribes to the world's view of professional athletes being little gods, after all, they put their pants on the same way as everyone else. :)

Sometimes to the world it seems like those of us who follow Christ have so little but in all actuality we are blessed beyond measure with what the world will never understand.

Thanks for sharing!
Much love!