November 11, 2004 - "Coach Tim" by Melva CooperWelcome to 2TheHeart!
"These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman." ~"Thomas Paine"
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by Melva Cooper
".He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I am trusting him." Psalm 91:2 (NLT)
I, like millions around the world, sat mesmerized in front of the television. Sometimes as much as twenty hours a day you could hear the remote at our house go click, click. We randomly switched from one news channel to another, trying to take in every word and scene being displayed before our eyes.
The war on terror our President declared on that memorable day, September 11, 2001, was now continuing to be executed in the faraway country of Iraq. The evil regime of Saddam Husseim who had so openly declared his hatred for our beloved United States must be put down.
A helicopter was shot down. It made me sad. The face of a young female prisoner of war flashed in my face from the TV screen. I cried out to God, "Please protect her", all the while thinking that could be my daughter. We listened as an injured soldier spoke to his mom via satellite assuring her that he was going to be OK.
Those scenes all seemed so close and yet so faraway because I knew them only through television.
And then it happened!
His name is Tim. The students call him coach. All except two young boys ages seven and ten. He answers to dad from Josh and Matt. For the past seven years, Tim has coached the students, including his sons, at the small Christian school where our four grandchildren attend. Ten year-old Josh is a student in the fifth grade class our daughter teaches at that same school.
Football, basketball, soccer, P.E. - Coach Tim has done it all. Coach spread himself around all of these subjects as he helped grow the fledgling Christian School through the years.
To the students, our four grandchildren included, Tim had been more than the coach in the gym or on the football field. He is their friend. A mentor to many as he incorporated the Biblical principles of life into the sports of their every day lives.
But now Coach was being deployed to that war I had been watching so closely day and night. My heart grieved as I heard my granddaughter, Faith, tell how she and her classmates cried many tears as Coach packed some of his personal items in his office at school.
As a surprise the whole school turned out for a giant birthday party to honor the only coach they had ever known. In two days Coach would be deployed. Gone to war when his birthday came around in a few days. Tears flowed. Hugs abounded. The love of God that Coach Tim had taught those young children was abundantly returned to him in the midst of birthday streamers, cake and candles.
And then his unit was gone. Leaving a wife, two young sons and a school full of students who loved him dearly. I went back to the sound of crashing bombs, guns exploding from armored tanks, and helicopters flying their missions into enemy territory that was still streaming from my television.
Somehow it was different. I now knew a name and a face that would soon be among our troops somewhere out there in the war.
Many prayers from family, students and friends turned to pleas of protection for our Coach Tim, who gladly gave up football and basketball to serve His country as a 1st Lieutenant in the Army of the United States.
Melva Cooper copyright 2004
I am a wife, mother, and grandmother from Jonesboro, Arkansas, USA. My four grandchildren Faith, Mary Kathryn, Levi, and Brooke are the delight of my life and the source of many of the articles, stories and devotions that I write. I am a big NASCAR fan and I also write Christian motorsports stories and devotions. www.melvacooper.com
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