God Deserves The Gatorade

My son is playing organized soccer for the first time this year. It’s the first time, as a parent, I’ve gotten to stand on the sidelines and yell my support and my suggestions to the players. The coach of my son’s team, Coach Larry, is a rather gruff tell-it-like-it-is kind of person. It’s just what the team needs, I think.

During the course of one game, Coach Larry must shout these words out onto the field fifty times. “Don’t kick it up the middle…kick it to the side...to the side!!”

Last night he became so frustrated that he yelled to one of the players, “Billy, where are the sides? Point to the sides!” And the little boy proceeded to point to the left and to the right of him.

I smiled as I watched the team last night be advised (over and over) by the coach about the best route to take and then I watched them immediately take the other (not so wise) route.

As comical and as frustrating as it was to watch, I wondered last night if God ever feels like Coach Larry.

How many times must I remind you of the best route?

Why do you insist on doing exactly what I’ve told you not to do?

Why don’t you listen to my instructions?

Truth is, there are seasons in our life when we all tend to listen to God like seven year old soccer players. But God, the ultimate coach, refuses to give up on us. If anyone deserves a bucket of celebratory Gatorade poured over His head at the end of the game of life…it’d be our Heavenly Father!

8 thoughts on “God Deserves The Gatorade

  1. Jenifer

    My husband is a coach so I know exactly what you mean! It can be funny. But I love this parallel. How many times does God feel this way with me? Ouch.

  2. Tracy

    Hi Eileen (a whole week of not getting your name wrong! – just saying 🙂 )
    I am so glad that God does not give up on us when we are being, well, the easily distracted humans that we are. Great post
    Have an awesome blessed weekend
    God bless

  3. Lisa

    I love this illustration, Eileen. I know that I must frustrate God as He leads me one way and I proceed to go the opposite direction. I must follow the Coach if I want to be on the winning side. Have a great weekend ~ many blessings!

  4. Phather Phil Malmstrom

    Love it! I've often wondered myself how many times God does a "Face-palm" over things I've done.

    Great analogy Eileen!

    Have a Blessed Day!

  5. Kelli

    That's so cute! I bet God does feel like coach Larry.;) he probably wonders if we will ever learn the lessons he teaches us! Praise the Lord for a patient, merciful, and loving heavenly father!!;)

  6. Caroline

    Great illustration, Eileen. Yes, God reminds me again and again and AGAIN! And I'm thankful for it! (And often wish I could listen the first time!)

  7. Stacy @ Heartprints of God

    Isn't it just like God to speak to us in the most unexpected moments?…(actually He's always speaking to us, isn't He, we just aren't always paying attention!)

    Such a great analogy, Eileen! What a loving and patient Father He is~

  8. Beck Gambill

    Haha! That's a great mental image! I can just hear him whooping and joining in the excitement of victory with his crazy kids! He is so patient and wise!


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