Needless to say, Chelcie won that battle of the heart and I must confess to no regrets. We loaded up the car and headed to pick up Lakirra @ Weigles then on to Amya's house, just down the street from last year's super-Champion, Rudy! Once we were loaded up with Sam, Addie, Chelcie, Me, Amya, and Lakirra, we were off to Game Time!
At first glance, the turnout was disappointing, and my heart ached for those with the vision and dream for what could be. I've been there and I know all too well how it feels to KNOW in your heart that God has a plan only to have our human definition of success define our dream as disappointing at best. Flashback to Reach Them to Teach Them, 2006 at Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church. What's 500 when 500,000 need our message!
The kids were a little slow to warm up, but were soon nothing but giggles and grins. With rain showers, cool breezes, and hungry bellies, we decided to stick around to hear our favorite Champion, Nick Reviez, speak, then we'd head out for pizza. All went as planned until we pulled into the parking lot at Zaxby's. My phone beeped. A text from Jackie told us that we were going to have to (get to?) head back to the stadium. Chicken fingers to go and a change of plans (thank God!).
Back at the stadium, we met up with Jackie and then things began jammin! The praise and worship music was starting to take effect and I found myself with hands raised in praise with feet jumpin' up and down like I haven't done in years (inside, I wondered where I was finding the energy and if I'd be sore in the morning!)!
Then came the moment of Truth. The Gospel message. The Good News. Jesus paid our debt. He offers us the gift of eternal life. Do we see our need? Do accept His gift? A free iPad for everyone has no value to me unless I accept the gift... Close your eyes, bow your head...raise your hand. A little hand beside me made it's way to the sky...did I peek? You bet I did! My precious son, Sam, had just made the most important decision of his nine-year-old life! He was Heaven-bound!
Little did I realize that just two seats away from me, my precious girls Lakirra and Amya were making the same decision...to follow Christ! The prayer wrapped up, those who prayed were encouraged to make their way to the front of the stage. Sam nudged me, "let's go!" he said, then when I started forward, he stepped back. Amya and Lakirra both said, "we need to go!" So off the four of us went to take the hands of people who know Christ as Lord and are willing to lead others into an eternal relationship with Him.
My eyes filled with tears. My heart was overflowing. My soul was satisfied. My son was saved.