We Cannot Be Shaken - Cheyna Matthews

Last week threw us for a bit of a loop, but when you are a professional athlete, married to a professional athlete, you have to be ready for the unexpected. 

We found out that my husband, Jordan, was being released from the 49ers — while we were on our way out to the West Coast to move a bunch of our stuff out for the season. It was a bye week for me, so our son Josiah and I were headed to California when we hit a few bumps in the road. Our flight out was canceled and we found ourselves stuck in Denver for a night. When we woke and were about to board the plane, we received the news Jordan was no longer on the team. With our bags already checked, we decided to go out anyway. After spending one day in San Jose, we flew back to Nashville to get settled in what would be our home once our seasons were over. 

It was an unexpected time for us all, but a peaceful one as well. Though it was difficult for Jordan to discover he was not on a team right before the season started, it was a time for us to reset and re-evaluate a few things for our family. Obviously, this is not what either of us would have chosen for this season, but for now, we’re trusting God with the unknown. 

Jordan has been my voice of reason a lot of times in my career. I’ll come to him when I’m facing something difficult with my team, such as not getting the playing time I think I should or I’m struggling with a team dynamic that has proved difficult. There seems to never be a situation he hasn’t gone through as a professional athlete. The perspective he’s able to share with me is always spot on, and he makes sure to tie it back to the Gospel. When I may first see things from a negative light, it’s nice to have someone who brings it back to the positive. And the same is true for him. While he was in San Jose, fighting for a position on the team, that was nothing new to me. We’re able to confide in each other and trust that the other person knows, understands and can speak truth into the situation. 

While we were in Nashville, driving by a Vanderbilt hospital, we were stopped at a stoplight when God got both of our attention. We looked next to us to see a woman in a wheelchair. It was obvious she had no use of, and no hope of using, either of her legs. At the same time, Jordan and I both realized we had been frustrated and upset about being released and dealing with the inconvenient and unexpected. It was humbling to see someone who was much less fortunate than we were, making us realize just how blessed we are to have able bodies and good health. In fact, there are so many things we can be thankful for!

As the two of us have been studying the New Testament together this year, God has continually spoken to us in just the way we need for that day. Currently, we are reading through Hebrews and that’s not a coincidence. God is so intentional with the words He places in our hearts and minds in the season we need them. We daily come across verses and passages that bring us the peace we need for that day. The other day was no different as I read Hebrews 12:28, which says, “Therefore, since we are receiving a Kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe.”

Wow. We are receiving a Kingdom that cannot be shaken! From which we will not be released. We serve an awesome God and through all the ebbs and flows of life, we know nothing that’s thrown at us can separate us from His love.

— Cheyna Matthews, Washington Spirit and Jamaica national team forward

Cheyna Matthews is a regular contributor to The Increase, providing monthly articles and opinions. Check out Cheyna’s profile on The Increase: https://theincrease.com/author/cheyna-matthews/

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