Did you hear the story of 11-year-old Nate who amazingly shot a three inch hockey puck through a three and a half inch opening from 89 feet out? Did you hear how the whole crowd stood to their feet and whooped and hollered, but not for Nate?
That’s right; they were cheering for Nate’s twin brother Nick who was outside the arena, but whom they all assumed had just shot that amazing shot worth a whopping $50,000.
When Pat Smith arrived at the arena with his twin boys and bought three raffle tickets for a chance to take that shot, he had no real hopes that he or his boys would be called forward for the shot. But, just minutes after Nick had left the arena to play around outside, his name was called. Stunned, Pat sent Nate forth to take the shot for his brother. After all, the chances of the kid getting that little puck into that little hole were miniscule.
But that’s exactly what Nate did. He swung the hockey stick like a seasoned pro and zoomed the puck right into that small opening. The crowd roared and thoughts of paying for his boys’ education played like fireworks through the dad’s mind. Everyone was celebrating!
For a little while at least.
Here’s what I read in the Bible this morning. I almost wonder if Pat Smith of Owatonna, Minnesota, didn’t read the same passage as he lay his happy head down on his pillow that blissful night.