By Mylow Young
Special to Inside The Pew
Tim Tebow has made headlines again but perhaps for the very last time as a member of the NFL. On April 29, Tebow was released from the New York Jets and it is speculated that he will not be signed by another team. Critics have insisted since the day he was signed by the Denver Broncos as the 25th pick in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft that Tebow doesn’t possess the skills to be an NFL player. He only went out and proved them wrong by leading Denver to six consecutive come from behind wins in the 2011 season that helped catapult the Broncos to the playoffs and a victory over the top defensive team in the league, the Pittsburgh Steelers.
But when all-world quarterback Peyton Manning became available in free
agency before the 2012 season, Tebow became expendable and was packed off to New York. In his first season with the Jets, Tebow was promised an opportunity to compete but was mislead when the team stuck with the inconsistent incumbent, Mark Sanchez. As the circus atmosphere in New York, escalated there was no doubt that Tebow would soon find his way out of yet another NFL door.
So what’s next for Tim? He insists he is an NFL quarterback, possessing the skills to lead a team to victory but will he get another shot at it? Many advise him to look to compete at another position while others suggest he go to Canada where the opportunity to succeed is a bit more prevalent. Tebow has decided to trust God. On Wednesday, he tweeted Proverbs 3:5-6: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and don’t lean on your own understanding. Acknowledge Him in all your ways and He will direct your path.”
“How can he lack understanding on why he was released?” a prominent ESPN sports show panelist asked, making reference to Tebow’s skill set. “Tebow was saying, I tried everything else and it’s not working so I give up, you take it Lord” was the surprising response from the other panelist. Someone in secular media gets it!
I don’t feel sorry for Tebow; there’s no need. But I do believe that he is in a season of trial and is definitely in the fire. He has shown the wisdom and maturity to know that the position he’s in and the status that has been placed on Him is bigger than he is. I believe, and my guess is that Tebow believes as well, that it is God’s will that He endures what he must to first of all bring glory to God and secondly, to become the man he is destined to be off of the football field.
He has chosen to trust God above all else and that’s why I cheer for him. He’s trusting God above the possibility of never playing in the NFL again. But Tebow’s trials are much bigger than football, much bigger than a game. The difficult part is… the entire world is watching.
Mylow Young, a licensed minister and native of Philadelphia, is author of “Crack House Exodus: Against the Gates of Hell.” Follow Mylow on Facebook and on Twitter @mylowyoung.