This story begins back last summer 2017 .but in the spring my son asked me i i would like to go and see an nfl american football team game at wembley on 1 october .i accepted and not being a person interested in sport at all didn’t really enthuse to much about the football but really looked forward to a day out with my son ,as it would be the first time we did anything together .well time past into summer .it was while i was on holiday that these words came into my head “im about to do a new thing ,see its already begun ” well that didn’t make any sense to me at all.on return from holiday and back to work .then the words came in my head again “im about to do a new thing”.so i put these words into google and a verse in the bible came up :
For I am about to do something new.
See, I have already begun! Do you not see it?
I will make a pathway through the wilderness.
I will create rivers in the dry wasteland. Isaiah 43:19.
So i prayed about these words and the verse asking god what it means .the only new thing i could think of was the football game i was going to with my son in october ,as it was now september and only a few weeks from the game i wondered if that was it it was the nfl game with my son ,yes it was a new thing for josh and myself ,so i concluded that this is what the words were about . but my son is not a christian ,i know hes got an open mind to something higher a higher power, a force ,that some things are planned ,but ive never talked to him about my faith in any detail .of cause he knows i believe in god and that i go to church ,that’s all .well josh arrives to stay with us a week before the nfl game at wembley.through the week we start discussing the game and the teams .one being the new orleans saints the other the miami dolphins .feeling i should get a bit acquainted with the sport i asked josh to explain the basics of the game to me which he did and i got a basic grasp on how a game proceeds .well sunday arrives and we take an early train to london and on to wembley for the game .on arrival we queued and entered the huge stadium .the size of the stadium really overwhelming us with the shear size of the place .we found our seats and then on getting drinks settled and waited for the start in anticipation .the players came onto the field and then one of the players knelt and prayed in front of 84,000 people .then suddenly the words came into my head again .God now had my attention which surprised me as i was not expecting that to happen at all .well the game was fantastic the Saints won 20 -0 dolphins.but we then talked about the player who prayed and i explained to josh about pray and how we can all talk to god ,and he listens to us through prayer.it was a great time we both had and its something we plan on doing again ! it was a new thing and god was telling me that .but i didn’t think nfl american football ,sport a thing i do not like at all .why this god ?well because my son was very into nfl . i then knew clearly that this is what god was using to bring josh closer to him .later when josh had gone home ,i started to look into the team players .it appears many nfl players are christians some with very strong faith .since then i have followed the nfl ,and now gives me many opportunities to talk to josh about god and faith in his son jesus and how he can guide us in our lives ,and that god has a plan for all of us .one team other than the new orleans saints have caught my eye .the philadelphia Eagles ,a team with a lot of players who are christian a lot more than other teams them being very bold with there faith the team even making a film about there christian faith ! .any way i looked in the bible for verses mentioning eagles ,and there are quite a few but one stuck out to me.
but those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:31
well i started following the eagles being drawn by a lot of negative media attention. the eagles were 1 seed doing best in the nfc conference ,but there main player got injured and was out for the rest of the season ,the stand in QB nick foles took his place ,but the team was being disregarded by the sports experts and media ,since have been known as the underdogs .anyway they have won both two big games that they weren’t meant to win against all odds .before the last game i noticed this verse from the bible was being posted a lot on there facebook page ,and on winning that last game the verse certainly seemed to be for the Eagles they beat the minnesota vikings 48-7 .and are now in superbowl 52 in just over a weeks time so i will be watching and praying for the Eagles to soar high and win the superbowl .incidentally its fact that eagles fly higher than any other bird !!!! so on the 4 th of feb josh and i will be watching the superbowl !!