National Signing Day is one of the most exciting days for promising high school athletes. It is the day many of them commit to the top college of their choice. They have worked tirelessly to arrive here and the effort is all about to pay off. For one young man in Las Vegas, this day was both the best and worst day of his life. He began the day at Desert Pines High School announcing he would play for The University of California Berkley. He was very excited, but he had one thing on his mind besides football. There was one person who should have been there, but couldn’t be. His mom was in the hospital. He wanted her there so desperately, but she was too sick. Immediately, after the ceremony was completed, he went to visit her in the hospital. Unfortunately, she passed away later that day. A day that was full of excitement quickly took a turn.
The next day, the young man was back at school and surrounded by his teammates. The healing process had begun. Losing someone is never easy, but there are people and things placed in our lives to help us through the rough times. Family, friends, and sports are only a few examples. The ultimate example is Jesus Christ. He was sent into this world to save it. He was born as a baby and experienced the same things that all humans do. He experienced hunger, thirst, pain, betrayal, and loss. He was not immune to these things, but instead he is now able to empathize with us. In 1 Peter 5:7 it says, “Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you.” No matter how big your worry or sorrow is, God is bigger. He is always in control, but you must trust him. Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” This young man will continue to grieve. It is not an easy road to travel, but let’s pray that he trusts God through it because with God all things are possible.