benched (6.37am)

there is a boy for whom the game is more than activity. it is extension of who god made him to be.

to press forward.

to twist and turn away from blocked and move toward winning with drive.

to be hopeful of outcome. no giving up before final buzzer sounds.

to enjoy the fit of himself in it… far past the pull of tired at his being.

and when signaled toward bench there might not be reason good enough.

not rest.

not time for life’s repair of injury.

not change of player in position.

not different plans.

maybe here is where his strength is needed most.

to cheer on those in the middle of still doing.

to lift eyes from the floor of discouragement or dissatisfaction.

to watch in readiness for directions that feel too long in the coming.

to trust in coach’s larger-than-his view of game played.


 “…joseph’s master took him and put him in prison, the place where the king’s prisoners were confined.

but while joseph was there in the prison, the lord was with him

when two full years had passed, pharaoh had a dream….so pharaoh sent for joseph, and he was quickly brought from the dungeon.

…pharaoh said to joseph, “i had a dream, and no one can interpret it. but i have heard it said of you that when you hear a dream you can interpret it.”

i cannot do it,” joseph replied to pharaoh, “but god will give pharaoh the answer he desires.

…then pharaoh said to joseph, “since god has made all this known to you, there is no one so discerning and wise as you. you shall be in charge of my palace, and all my people are to submit to your orders. only with respect to the throne will i be greater than you.”

…joseph named his firstborn manasseh and said, “it is because god has made me forget all my trouble and all my father’s household.” the second son he named ephraim and said, “it is because god has made me fruitful in the land of my suffering.”

genesis 37, 39-41 (NIV)


photos courtesy of seth joel, png.


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