Jesus on a Soccer Field

Don’t think God won’t use you to help others. He will use you in ways you’d never expect.

A few years ago I chaperoned a youth mission trip. One night we had a big picnic on the river for a community we had been serving. A group of students decided to play soccer. I so badly wanted to join them in my favorite sport. But I had just been through numerous injuries and surgery. I couldn’t get out there and run, and I couldn’t risk being hit or knocked down. I stood by the sidelines and felt so discouraged. I felt like I was getting “old” and my body was wearing out, and there was nothing I could do about it. I missed feeling young and being able to run and play.

I asked Jesus to come and help me, so I wouldn’t be so sad. Immediately, one of the students walked over to me with a soccer ball. He asked what was wrong. I told him. He set down the ball and, willing to leave the exciting soccer match, he started gently kicking the ball back and forth with me. It was just what I needed. I felt like I got to “play” soccer but without hurting myself. He made a sacrifice for me and I was no longer sad.

I had asked Jesus for help. He answered me, in the heart and feet of a willing high school student.

Be open to the ways God will use you with others. When you listen for His prompting, the littlest ways can make a world of difference.