Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Henry's first soccer game

Tonight was Henry's first soccer game. It was 30 minutes of large group practice, followed by a 24 minute game. Henry's team color is hot pink, so he's easy to pick out of a crowd :) Henry did very well, but when the teacher of the practice told them to dribble, he picked up the ball to, well, dribble. Guess he really is a Hoosier!

As Patrick said,watching the kids play was better than TV. They alternated between being in their own little world (Henry was shooting arrows at imaginary enemies at times) to chasing after the balls. They didn't even have goalies--the organizer said they had a hard enough time getting it in the goal without a defender.

As beginners, they have no idea about defense strategies. What they do know is that what is important is the ball. Where the ball goes, they go. So what's the "ball" in my life? That's a hard question this time of year, but I know what the answer should be: following God. Jesus would second Henry's hot pursuit of the ball...but only when the ball is what God is doing. In John 5:19, Jesus says, "the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing." So the question is...what is God doing, and how can I "chase the ball"?

God, help me to have open eyes to see what you're doing, and follow the ball with the enthusiasm of a preschooler.


Jen Henze said...

Wow! You did it! I love the blog and know that God will be faithful as you capture what you see and feel and know Him to be doing in your heart right now. I think after time, you'll go back and see this thread of how God is upholding you with His right hand. Thanks for doing htis and sharing with me! Jen

Rena said...

I love watching little children play "organized" sports, too. Great description!
Yes, sometimes it is really hard to see what God is doing. Sometimes you don't know where "the ball" is until it bounces down in front of your face!