This season has been frustrating for me. Getting injured, having surgery, and then not recovering from the surgery the way we had hoped, I had to miss the first game of the season — the first game in the 100th year of the NFL. Throughout my NFL career to date, I’d never been through anything like this. Usually, when I’m on the field, I’m playing to thrive, but more recently, I feel like when I’m out there, I’m just trying to survive. My body is not where I had hoped it would be by this point.
At the end of the day, this season of trials is definitely drawing me closer to God. As He allows me to go through these struggles, I’m learning to become more dependent on Him. I know He has a purpose and a plan for this, and even while I’m still in the middle of it, I can choose to praise Him and be a positive example for the Kingdom. Yes, it’s been really tough not knowing what is going on with my body. Visiting doctors and still left with questions, I can only trust that God’s in control of it all.
Recently, I came across a verse in Ezekiel that stopped me in my tracks:
“Therefore say to the Israelites, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: It is not for your sake, people of Israel, that I am going to do these things, but for the sake of My holy name, which you have profaned among the nations where you have gone. I will show the holiness of My great name, which has been profaned among the nations, the name you have profaned among them. Then the nations will know that I am the Lord, declares the Sovereign Lord, when I am proved holy through you before their eyes.’” — Ezekiel 36:22-23
This verse has been a daily reminder for me. If God was working through nations and peoples to bring glory to His name, He can also work through me for His holy name. Regardless of the outcome, God is going to get the glory. There will be better days for me, and even if there won’t be, God is good. I can always fall back on this truth.
Throughout this time, I’ve been asking God, “What is it that You want to teach me through this?” No one knows what’s happening with my body at this point, but I’ve felt nothing but support and encouragement from the Bears organization. From the top down, everyone has been coming alongside me with confidence that I’ll be back soon. This has been a really cool sign from the Lord that I’m right where I’m supposed to be. I just need to wait on Him.
In a sport where many are constantly trying to receive the glory for themselves, God is ultimately going to get it every time.
— Trey Burton, Chicago Bears tight end
Trey Burton is a regular contributor to The Increase, providing monthly articles and opinions. Check out Trey’s Increase profile here: https://theincrease.com/author/trey-burton/
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