Today's Devotional Thought
February 08, 2010 by Rachel Piferi
Why Me? Why Now?
New Orleans Saints’ quarterback and Super Bowl MVP Drew Brees isn’t asking the question, “Why Me? Why Now?” any longer. Because, he now understands the plan that God had for his life. A plan that he didn’t understand just four years ago.
In a recent interview with the Fellowship for Christian Athletes (click here to watch the interview), Brees talks about how his career and his life took a path that he didn’t expect and didn’t even understand at first. Not too long ago, Brees was the quarterback for the San Diego Chargers where he suffered a potentially career ending injury. When he talks about this injury, he reports how he asked God why this was happening to him. He reports that he kept asking, “God, why me? Why now?”
When Brees suffered this injury in San Diego, he was a thriving quarterback. He had just been chosen to go to the Pro Bowl and was playing very well. You can understand why he’d ask God for an explanation for why this injury had to occur. As he looks back on it, however, he has said that it was like“going from the worst thing that ever happened to me to that same event being the best thing that ever happened to me.”
When he was injured at San Diego, his team lost confidence in his ability to play for them and Brees quickly found himself looking for another job. And, he found a new job, a new life, and a new purpose in the city of New Orleans.
As the new quarterback for the New Orleans Saints in 2006, Brees reports how he was able to meet many new people and become part of a city that was trying to rebuild after Hurricane Katrina. And, much like he was rebuilding his own life, he cherished the fact that he was able to be a part of the rebuilding of the city of New Orleans. He said that the experience strengthened his career, his life, his family, and his relationship with God.
Are you suffering from an event that leaves you asking, “God, why me? Why now?” As Brees saw in his own life, and as Paul describes to the Romans, God’s ways are sometimes mysterious. His ways are much higher than our ways and His ways may take us to places that we did not expect. But, in those places, we must continue to glorify Him and experience all that God has for us there. By embracing the new opportunities that exist in each setback, you will be able to grow and be strengthened in ways that may not have been possible in your old situation. And, one day, you may also be able to say that you have gone from the worst thing that ever happened to you becoming the best thing that ever happened to you.
Stop asking God, “Why me? Why now?” And, start asking God, “What opportunities exist for me now to grow and flourish?”
To hear more about Drew Brees’ faith and testimony, click here.