Oct20TueOctober 20, 2015
by Rob Globke
That date is one I will remember for some time. On this date the Florida Panthers defeated the Boston Bruins 6-4. On this date, I played in my first ever NHL hockey game. While I did manage to hit the post, I didn’t manage to do much else except dump the puck in and try to chase it. My motto was….the less I have it, the less chance I have of making a mistake! Looking back on it now that I’m a little bit older, that was probably not the best way to play; but, it did get me through the game on that night. :-)
I can remember a lot of things from that night, but I don’t think we have the time (or interest) to relive every aspect of a first NHL experience. So, I will spare you the minutiae and just highlight one fond memory from 12/28/2005. It was created a few minutes before warm up. I was sitting, bottom half on, elbow pads resting on my pads as I watched the “Daktronics” digital clock slowly tick down. As each giant red digital number morphed into the next I remember the film of sweat on my palms and the bouncy balls in my stomach. A mixture of nervous anticipation. I waited a long time for this moment. Yet, in a small way, I was dreading its arrival.
Soon, the big red numbers told me it was time to throw my shoulder pads on and finish getting ready….and so I did. It was the next step that I still get chills from. Standing in front of my stall, I stare at the sweater with a big panthers head glaring back at me. I grabbed the hanger from the hook and slowly slipped the #51 over my head. I remember the smell of freshly washed synthetic and the “crunchyness” of something that had never been worn. But more than that, I remember thinking about the reality that I was really a part of this NHL team. I had put on the jersey. I was now identified as a player on the roster. Rob Globke. #51. Fourth Line. Right Winger. I had been a part of the organization, but never the team….until that day. As I sat there for the last few minutes before warm up began, I soaked in that reality.
Of course if you are still reading to this point, you know I try to tie in my experiences with some kind of truth from the Bible. I don’t claim to do a good job, but I do admit to trying!!
So, what does all this “putting on the sweater” nonsense have to do with anything?
Well, when I think back to being a part of the 2005-06 Florida Panthers (or any other team for that matter) I am reminded of the sweater I wear every day as a part of God’s team. On a warm summer day in 1996 I put on a different type of jersey. It was on that day I became a part of the greatest team ever. Through faith in Christ, I became a player and citizen of God’s team. From that day until this one, I have been a part of this team. What’s even better is the fact that I will never be sent down, be cut, or worry about my spot on this team. Through faith in Christ, I was written down on His roster for eternity. I no longer am just a son, father, husband, hockey player, or man. I am a Christian son, Christian father, Christian husband, Christian hockey player, and Christian man. I am God’s. I play for Him in all ways and always. There is nothing better than that.
The good news is….you can too!
- Are you part of God’s team?
- Are you wearing “His Jersey” well?
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So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God,
But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ,