An Encouraging Coach
And a man shall be as an hiding place from the wind, and a covert from the tempest; as rivers of water in a dry place, as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land. ~Isaiah 32:2
When I was in the fourth grade, some of my friends got me to try out for the boys’ basketball team. One of my best memories of learning how to play basketball was “Coach Tony.” Coach Tony took time to help each boy develop in his skills. He worked us hard, but he always had an encouraging spirit about him. Our devotion this morning teaches us how to be an encouraging coach.
We see the encourager as a refuge.
"And a man shall be as an hiding place from the wind, and a covert from the tempest." We see the challenges of being caught in a strong, blowing wind and tempest. People face unexpected storms. Storms batter us and blow us about. We can feel as helpless as a leaf being blown about. An encourager comes alongside of a person caught in a storm and offers him refuge, shelter, and safety. A refuge is a needed shelter that keeps us dry and unhindered. We can be a refuge through our accompaniment. We can be a refuge through our assistance. As an encourager, give others safety and security in your comfort and counsel.
We see the encourager as refreshing.
"...As rivers of water in a dry place." All of us find ourselves in a dry place spiritually: a place where we feel depleted and like we have been walking through a desert circumstance. An encouraging coach is compared to rivers of water. Imagine being dry, thirsty, and desperate for water and coming to a f