My husband and I watched the NFL Draft over the past couple of days. Since he’s an Iowa alum, he was interested in seeing which Hawkeyes would be drafted. Because I followed the Texas Longhorns for years, I was curious to see which Longhorns would go to the NFL. In particular, because there was so much speculation concerning quarterback Colt McCoy, I was wondering where he would end up. I was impressed with McCoy over his college career, not only because of his quarterback skills but also because of his amazing, and very public faith in Christ.
The first round came and went. Colt McCoy was not drafted. That was not unexpected. Many of the draft analysts figured he would be drafted in the second round. The second round came and went. Colt McCoy was not drafted. I asked my husband, “Is it possible he won’t be drafted in the third round?” Finally, in the third round, the Cleveland Browns called his name after what seemed like an eternity. After the announcement, McCoy was asked to react to the news and he said something like, “I am where I’m supposed to be.” Another team like San Francisco, New England or Dallas might present a flashier option but McCoy was satisfied with moving to Cleveland, not so flashy necessarily, in the heart of the Midwest.
I thought, “How many times have we moved to a place and wondered why we were there?” Do we always say, I am where I’m supposed to be? I remember when I moved from San Antonio to Flower Mound, Texas in 2005. At first I was saying, “I am where I’m supposed to be” because our family was now together seven days a week. My husband had lived in Dallas four days a week prior to our move. However, adapting to the new place turned out to be more difficult than I thought. Friends were harder to make, I didn’t have my career anymore and I needed direction from God. Instead of “I am where I’m supposed to be,” it turned into “Why am I here?” But eventually things turned around and I realize “I am where I’m supposed to be.” Why didn’t I trust that back then?
Do we trust God in all the circumstances of our life? Do we say, “There is a reason for this?” Do we believe, even during the tough times of our lives, that God has us right where he wants us? Romans 8:28 encourages us, “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” I know this is true in my own life. Even when things did not make sense, after a period of time, I was able to look back and see the hand of God and understand more completely why the situation happened. If only we could trust God in the midst of our trials and say, “I am where I’m supposed to be.”