Have you ever felt like Charlie Brown? No matter what Charlie Brown did, bad luck seemed to follow him. That describes my week in Lookout Mountain of Chattanooga. My son, Parker, and his team are playing in the Dixie Youth State tournament. So far, we’ve gone undefeated! If we win State, we’ll go to the World Series! What’s bad about that? Well….
If you’re a 15 year old teenager who had her summer vacation canceled to travel with her younger brother’s ball team …it’s BAD.
If you’re a dad that desires to cheer for his son during the State tournament but has to stay home and work because the only other manger in his company had emergency surgery on his week off…well, it’s BAD (he has driven back and forth a few days!)
If you’re the 11 year old ball player that made it to the State tournament after battling the Chickenpox’s, spiked a fever of 103 on day two of the tournament, spent the morning at the children’s hospital only to discover he had a 24 hour virus, cut his finger in the hotel swimming pool, caught poison oak from the pretty bush located near the batting cage; has struck out several times in a row, and THEN, woke up last night with server ear pain due to mountain allergies…It’s BAD
If you’re the mom who has gotten lost a dozen times driving up and down Lookout Mountain (I was seriously afraid we’d have to become Mt people for the rest of our lives if I didn’t find my way out!)…if you’re the mom who hasn’t had any sleep due to a sick child, spent the wee hours of the morning in a strange hospital; is known by name in Walgreens, Chattanooga; has lost her room key 3 times, had a black man folding her underwear when she didn’t return for her clothes soon enough, and the best one….
I forgot to lock the door to the women’s bathroom and some crazy woman (who didn’t think to knock first) swung the door wide open exposing me while I sat on the potty with my underwear down around my ankles. I screamed, “Hey, close the door!”
This caught the attention of everyone sitting on the bleachers directly in front of the women’s rest room. At that point, all I could do is wave. Once, I got the nerve to open the door and come out, my husband was selling tickets! If you were me, you’d say it’s been BAD!
Even though our family has the Charlie Brown syndrome this week, we’ve praised God. We couldn’t’ do anything else. Each time, I cried out this verse came to mind; “Rejoice in the Lord always, again, I say rejoice.” I know God was teaching us how to live moment by disappointing moment. So with every quirky adventure, every sickness, every strikeout, we praised the Lord as we drove down the mountain. It gave us joy in the midst of our misery as we trusted God’s plan in this adventure. What an adventure it has been! It’s been a trip we won’t forget soon. It’s been a trip full of crazy memories, but best of all Parker hit two home runs in yesterday’s game—TWO!! That makes it all worthwhile!
It reminded me that in this world we’ll face hard times, but there is a day coming when we’ll live in paradise and earth will be but a distant memory. I trust we’ll look back on those hard times that are preparing us for Kingdom living and be able to say…it was worth it.