On Sunday November 1st, Kasen’s flag football team won 13-2. We were super excited to be moving to the 2nd round of the playoffs. I found out later that evening that his team would have to forfeit due to a players picture not being in the book. Before every game, each team’s Athletic Director (AD) gives the other team a book with each child’s photo, birth certificate and report card. Our book was missing one of our kids picture. The rule is that if any part of the information is not in the book, the child is not allowed to play. The other team was fully aware that the picture was missing, but said it wasn’t an issue and we started the game. Our defense stopped them (4 downs) and we had the ball. Kasen scored on the first play an 80 yd. TD and then the other team said that the child had to come out of the game.
Later that night I received a phone call, that the other team was calling for a forfeit. I was angry, furious, sad, hurt, confused. So many emotions ran through me in a short amount of time. I could not fathom how I would tell my 6 year old son that even though we left the game with a win, he and his teammates would not be advancing. I tossed and turned all night because I know how much hard work the coaches and players had put into this season and to have it cut short through no fault of their own, hurts.
So Monday morning, Kasen woke up on his own around 6:30 and I asked him to come downstairs because I wanted to talk with him. I had to tell him some news that I wasn’t sure he would understand. He came down and I sat him on the counter. I explained to him what happened and that his season had come to an end. He looked puzzled and confused. I asked him if he was sad and he said, “a little bit sad.” Then he said to me with the biggest smile on his face, “Mommy, I’m still BEASTMODE!” to which I replied, “Yes, you are!” As a parent, I am always teaching my boys lessons, but in that moment he reminded me what I have taught them, look for the good in every situation.
Kasen told his brothers what happened when they woke up. Kaden said to him, “I’m going to go out and win that SuperBowl trophy for you” and they embraced one another and my face lit up with happiness. I’m doing a great job! I received an email on Monday night saying that we had practice on Tuesday. Now, I was really confused. I asked the coach what was going on and he said that they were going to have a Board meeting on Wednesday evening to decide if we could move on to the 2nd round. That night we sat in our circle like we do every night to pray. We each get a turn to pray and all the boys prayed that GOD let Kasen’s team play on Saturday.
I used this opportunity to speak to the boys about prayer and that just because you pray for something it doesn’t mean that it will happen, and that doesn’t mean that GOD doesn’t exist. Our responsibility is to give GOD our hearts desires and that what is meant for us will happen. If it doesn’t turn out the way we want, it just wasn’t meant to be. Everything happens according to God’s will for our lives and that our wants and what God has ordained for our lives may be different. We prayed the next night after we found out that his team did indeed have to forfeit the game. We thanked God for the opportunity to play the game that he has grown to love so much and for the amazing friendships he has gained.
P.S. as I’m sitting here editing this piece Kaden is talking to me about this weeks upcoming game. He says to me, “mom can you ask coach if we can pray before our next game?” Wow! To raise a young man that is learning how to serve God and wants to give him all the glory brings joy to my heart. This is the best gift I could ever give my children. Kids for Christ!