Some years ago, a certain young man barely made the Georgetown University football team. He was definitely third-rate as a player, and he rarely got in a game unless it was out of hand, but his unflagging enthusiasm became an inspiration to the rest of the team.
One day the news came that the boy’s father had died. The young man came to the coach and said, “Coach, I want to ask something of you that means an awful lot to me. I want to start the game this week against Fordham. I think that’s what my father would have liked most.”
The coach, mindful of the boy’s limited ability, hesitated a moment before answering. “Okay, son, you’ll start, but you’ll only be in there for a play or two. You aren’t quite good enough and you know it.”
The boy did start the game and made an important tackle on the first play. He held his own through the next few plays and even to the end of the first quarter. He kept playing so well that the coach never took him out. His play inspired the team to victory.
Back in the locker room after the game, the coach hugged the young man and said, “Son, you were terrific. You never played that way before. What got into you?”
The boy answered, “Remember how my father and I used to walk around arm-in-arm? That was because of something about him very few people knew–he was totally blind. And this afternoon was the first time my father ever saw me play.”
The scene of our life changes completely when we realize the eye of the Father is upon us. We can go out into our day with a new confidence and sure purpose. We can face our battles, temptations, and struggles with a strength beyond our own when we know we are never alone.
God promised Solomon, “Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place” (2 Chronicles 7:15). God also promises us, “I will never leave you or forsake you” (Hebrews 13.5).
Our Father in heaven always sees us. We are never out of his sight, his care, and his concern. Let that sink in as you work, as you play, when you are with your family, and when you are alone, and “Whatever you do, do it to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10.31).