Warning: Watch for Flaming Arrows

I’ve heard the term “God Wink”, “God Moment” and have personally used “flaming arrow” to describe those unexpected times when you clearly know and understand God is speaking directly to you.  Most of the time, it’s to get your undivided attention to go down a new path or attempt a new task.   These “winks” and “arrows” may or may not require much of a “step of faith” as most of life usually requires.  However, it does demand obedience.  Such was the case for me in 2014, when God “winked” and the “arrow” struck requiring me to step out of my comfortable world and pursue planning and coordinating a tennis tournament to benefit White Fields.  I had never done anything like this before.  I barely could hit a tennis ball.  I knew one thing.  I knew if I didn’t do it or if I delegated it, I wasn’t being obedient to the Lord for whom I’ve given my life. From the span of the “arrow” hitting my heart to the tournament on the calendar at the Greens (even before discussing this with White Fields I need to interject) was a span of no more than 45 minutes.  I didn’t even have time to argue with God about what He wanted done –  let alone call my husband, Robert, and share this arrow prick with him.  It turned out all I had to do was walk the path and watch Him work.  He took care of the details – one after another, door upon door, arrow after arrow, from Oklahoma City to Colorado, from old friends and associates of yesteryear to present-day colleagues. He even arranged beautiful 80 degree temperature the entire weekend in the middle of an Oklahoman July and a record number of entries. The goal our first year was $15,000.  God raised over $50,000.  In the process too, as I’ve learned He tends to go beyond expectation, over 10,000 books were donated to the White Field library for the boys (that was another arrow prick).   Again, in 2015, despite difficult economic times in the oil and gas industry where the bulk of our sponsorships came from, over $25,000 was raised for the boys’ healing and we had some out of state participants join us as well.

Here we are in 2016.  Times are very tough economically for so many; stress from family difficulties, job loss and uncertainty, even illness.  Robert and I seriously thought about postponing the tournament this year.  People told us it would be understandable and to see what the next year will bring.  But God “winked”… again.  He reminded me of the story in John 6 where Jesus fed the “great multitude” of 5000 with just five barley loaves and two fish.  The scripture says “Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish.  When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over. Let nothing be wasted.”   Not only did God provide the needs for the people there to hear, there were leftovers which didn’t go to waste.  So in an act of not only obedience this year, but with high expectations and frankly excitement to see what the Lord will do with this tournament, The 3rd Annual White Fields of Dreams Tennis Tournament will be held July 15-17, 2016 at the Green’s Tennis Club.  We understand resources may be limited just as they were for Jesus.  But I also believe we will have an abundance of blessing with what we are given.  I believe, as it is said in Ephesians 3:20,  He “who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us” will indeed bless our efforts to be a blessing to these precious boys and the wonderful work being done by the staff at White Fields. The first step Jesus took to feed the multitude was to give thanks.  May I do the same and thank you ahead of time for your support financially and through prayer for the planning and conducting of the tournament, for the players and sponsors and especially the boys.   I might also warn you to watch for the flying arrows!

-Rebecca Potts, White Fields of Dreams Tennis Committee Chair