Does God care about fantasy football? That’s a very interesting question.
I believe that God cares about me. As a result of that, I believe that God cares about what I care about. The caveat, of course, being that God will not partner with me in my sin.
So, in that sense, God cares about fantasy football because I care about fantasy football.
Let me tell you about a recent event that happened to me to illustrate this point.
I am in three fantasy football leagues. My work league is going really well. However, my two “money” leagues are going really bad. In fact, they are going so bad that I’ve been worried and stressing about them. I’ve even half-heartedly prayed on more than one occasion asking God to help me make good decisions so that I can come close to breaking even by the end of the season. I’m not asking to win the League Championship or to win a lot of money. I’m not even asking to break-even. At this point, I just don’t want to lose around $400 if I don’t win any more money the rest of the season.
I’ve been in these two “money” leagues for a long time and I’ve never done poorly in both leagues in the same year. Usually, I do well in one of them and not so well in the other so it balances out. That’s not the case this year, and I’ve felt stressed about it.
That brings me to last night. Early in the morning, around 3:00am, I woke up with the name Dalvin Cook running through my head. I rolled over and tried to go back to sleep, but I laid there with my brain racing, thinking about Dalvin Cook.
What in the world is going on? I’m not a Vikings fan. I’ve never had Dalvin Cook on any of my fantasy teams. He’s been recovering from a major injury all season. He was on my “do-not-draft-list” for this year. Why am I jolted awake in the middle of the night thinking about Dalvin Cook?
Then I “heard” in my head, “Go pick him up.” At this point, I started to consider that maybe this was God speaking to me. I know that sounds odd, but stick with me.
I asked, “Is this you, God?” I “heard” again, “Go pick him up.” At this point, I’m thinking that this is crazy, but I groggily grabbed my glasses and my iPad. After checking out my three leagues, I noticed that he was on the Waiver Wire in my “big money” league. So, I put in a claim for him. Less than two hours later, he is added to my roster when waiver claims were processed.
Then I laid back down and tried to go sleep.
For the next few minutes (it seemed like a lot longer), my brain couldn’t calm down. “Who has Cook in my other two leagues?” “Could I trade for him?” “What do they need?”
I prayed, “God, can You help me fall asleep? I can deal with this tomorrow.” Soon after, I drifted off to sleep.
When I woke up, I was still thinking about Dalvin Cook, so I checked my other two leagues to see who had him and whether I could make a deal for him.
Long story short, I spoke with both owners when I got to work. I was able to work out a deal for him in one of the two leagues – my other “money” league.
So why did I share this long-winded story?
If God truly woke me up in the middle of the night to help me with my fantasy football team, I want to document that conversation BEFORE Dalvin Cook plays his next game (which is November 18). If Dalvin Cook has a huge rest of the season, I want to lay the foundation now for giving God glory later.
I’ll keep you posted as the season goes on.
Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below. Remember to be nice. 🙂