“Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him. Do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who carries out wicked schemes.” Psalms 37:7 (NASV)
The Right Position
Growing up in Virginia, our days were filled with work on the farm and basketball. Every spare moment my brothers and I had was spent on the basketball court playing twenty-one, HORSE, and our version of the NBA championships. As a result of playing so much, we all became good basketball players on our high school teams and even played at the college level.
One of the lessons my brothers taught me about the game was how to become a good rebounder. It was all about position. What you try to learn is where and how the ball will bounce off the goal once the ball has been shot. You position yourself to score for your team and you also position yourself to get the rebound against the other team. Learning that lesson from my brothers was the reason I was able to lead our conference in rebounds my senior year of high school. This is an accomplishment I am still proud of today, but it was because I learned how to position myself.
Position in basketball is important if you want to be a good player, but it’s vitally important in our walk with God. Oswald Chambers said, “If you are waiting on God and trusting in Him, you have positioned yourself for a great blessing.” I really do want God’s best! I think we all do, but if we want His best then we have to be willing to wait. Waiting is difficult, hard, stressful, and at times agonizing, but it’s the place God wants us to be. A t-shirt I recently read said it best. The t-shirt shows a young man down on his knees praying. The caption over him read, “In life, position is everything.” Position yourself to pray and wait, the results will be blessings from God.
— Barry Owen
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