When the Lord Comes THROUGH

The 2019 club track and field season has come to an end, culminating with the AAU and USATF Jr Olympics. Most of our track friends and family were down in Greensboro, North Carolina last week to compete in the AAU Games.

As many of you know, we have been on an unexpected hiatus (a fast if you will) from track this summer in order to refocus and reprioritize our family life, and also to give the girls’ bodies rest from years of continuously competing.

All throughout the summer, my Facebook memories would remind me of all the meets, awards, disappointments, and triumphs that we had experienced over the last 7 years. From National Championships to disappointing finishes, and even devastating falls – it was all there for me to re-live.

There is one memory in particular that I don’t think I’ll ever forget. In 2017, both girls qualified to compete in the USATF Jr Olympics, which was held at the University of Kansas. This was a unique situation as Kenny didn’t join us due to a coaching opportunity in Guyana, and this would be our first JO experience without him.

After a horrible flight on a “never-again” airline, I arrived in Kansas City with the girls, and we explored the area, while waiting for the rest of their teammates to arrive by air and car.

After a couple of hours, I received a frantic call from a track mom and close friend. She and her daughter had been bumped from flights multiple times while flying standby and were stranded in Detroit. I could hear the stress and anxiety in her voice as she asked me to pray with her on the phone.

After the call, I started feeling a bit of anxiety as well, and unsuccessfully tried to find anyone in my network with a contact at the airline she was flying. Feelings of helplessness tried to creep in, but I knew that wouldn’t help matters at all. While still in our rental car, I remember parking and reaching into the back seat and asking the girls to pray with me.

I needed a dose of the faith that only a child has, whose mind wouldn’t race through the numerous logical “what if” scenarios that could hinder the faith needed to believe that God would come through in this situation.

Today’s Play Prediction is an amazing rally cry and reminder when we absolutely need something bigger than us, to bring us through a monstrous circumstance.

As I grabbed the girls’ hands to pray, I thought about this verse, and implored God to come through strong on my friend’s behalf. I knew He was able, but the “what ifs” just would NOT go away.

I sent out a prayer request via Facebook, asking all my prayer warriors to lift up this situation in prayer, and afterwards while scrolling through, I saw this meme:

Well shut the front door! It was decision time and I had to make a conscious choice to allow my faith to completely filter through my mind, so that there was no space for fear. But even more important than me taking this step, my friend needed to also make this decision for her dilemma, in spite of being stuck in that airport and no resolution in sight.

I sent her the meme via text and encouraged her to have faith, and that I was believing that God would come through strong on her behalf.

A few more flights left them behind, and the darkening style signaled that the day would soon come to an end.

“God! Despite how it looks, I STILL trust you! I know you have my friend’s back and will come through STRONG for her!” The faith/fear tug-of-war in my mind was ongoing, but I was determined not to let fear take up residence there.

This was my scripture! This was my declaration! I couldn’t do anything else but wait on Him. When that call finally came through that they were on one of the final flights that night, the feeling of relief was indescribable. There is absolutely nothing like experiencing God come through STRONG for us – in His own way, and in His own timing.

And the best part of this story? Despite arriving later than planned, and not getting the optimal night of rest, her daughter broke a record the next day while winning the National Championship in her Pentathlon event. All because we had enough faith to overpower our fear, and trust God with the rest.

Praise God! Now what can He do for you?


Do you have a situation in which the “what if” scenarios are keeping your faith from overcoming your fear?

How can this week’s Play Prediction scripture help your confidence in God’s ability and desire to come through STRONG for you?

Is your heart pure and loyal to God, as this is a stipulation for the promise of the scripture? If not, what changes can you make it your life?

Feel free to share your response in the comments section…

Published by Tonya May Avent

Child of God. Wife of 20 years to basketball fanatic and coach. Mom to teenage daughters and amazing athletes. Tonya is an award-winning author whose writing has been featured in Chicken Soup for the Soul and Guideposts magazine. Her first book, Using God’s Playbook for the Game of Life: 52 Scriptures Your Young Athlete Should Know Before Sending Them Off Into the World was released in October 2022.

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