“In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.”
Last night, Coach Luke Syverson of the Lipscomb Track & Field team stayed on campus much later than usual. This time, however, it was not to coach jumpers and throwers.
For one of the last FCA’s of the year, he stayed and shared his testimony to a room full of weary, but eager college athletes.
From the beginning he said, “I am going to tell you about two things that God has taught me the most about in my life: plans and grace.”
He went on to speak about himself when he was in college; sitting right in our shoes. He spoke of his plans and his dreams. He took us through the twists and turns of his plans falling through and God constantly and faithfully redeeming them and fitting them to His will. By the end of the night he told us, “I don’t even want to write my own story anymore. God knows exactly what He is doing.”
Coach Syverson spoke straight to the heart of many college students struggling with less than ideal seasons, unexpected injuries, and seniors with no idea what comes next.
From the other side of the turmoil, he confidently reassured us that we are in better hands than our own.
The night ended with a first at Lipscomb FCA. He read the children’s Christian book, The Tale of Three Trees to sum up his thoughts. In this book, three trees on a mountaintop dream of becoming glamorous and mighty wooden objects. Although their dreams do not come true as planned, they wind up becoming something much greater and ultimately, objects that bring more glory to God.
We were powerfully and humbly reminded that, while we still shoot for our dreams, things are going to be more than “okay” if our plans do not play out as we planned. Our steps are established by someone Whose plans are much greater than our own. Will you be willing to loosen your grip on your own plans?
Again and again, I am blown away by the people that the Lord has brought to this community. Coach Syverson is one of many coaches who have invested in the lives of athletes beyond the sport. It is because of his faith in the Lord that he is able to coach the way he does. It is a true blessing to be surrounded by coaches, faculty, and staff who are interested in encouraging us as athletes and as Christians.