August Fog of Preseason Camp

Have you ever noticed when you see the fog from afar it hides everything it covers? It’s like you are walking into a wall, and yet when you are in the midst of the fog, you can see around you.

All summer I’ve met weekly with our staff wives on staff, and we’ve had a fantastic time of growing together, gathering up the strength to choose to see life with a new perspective, and gearing up for “The Season.” We’ll conclude our prep with a “family staff dinner” in a few weeks, but until then Thursday nights sipping decaf coffee in my living room has become a cherished time. We’ve used the book Life Interrupted as a springboard for conversation. We’ve discussed what our “Ninevah” is and encouraged each other to let the worries bubble up so that we can put them away. We’ve often discussed the choice we all have to speak with “glass half empty” or “glass half full” words, and as a coaches’ wives staff, we have challenged each other and committed to always thinking and speaking the glass half full way this season.

That has become a bit challenging this week as the August Fog has settled in. For some of you reading this, you know exactly what I’m referring to. It’s that time of year when you can have a whole conversation, launch into a lengthy worry, frustration or even something funny only to have a response to something like, did I tell you we are going to run a cover 3 spread in that one play instead of a cover 4? 🙂 Oh really it’s not THAT bad, but it is that time of year when FOR A SHORT WHILE the needs of 125 18-22-year-olds seem to be more pressing than the needs of a 6-year-old, 4-year-old and emotional Mama who is sending off a 1st grader this year…alone…again.
So, as this August Fog rolls in and settles for a while as a staff of wives, we are grabbing hold of this challenge and joining our husbands in putting those 125 needs first. (Except for my 2 even younger men who ALWAYS come before the 125). We’re welcoming them with open arms and smiles, asking how summers went, how dating relationships are going and taking the chance to ask how we can be praying for them…and following through. We are entering the fog and staying there, you see, we won’t be able to see too far, but we will be able to see right around us, and for the time, that is all we need to focus on, that which is all around us.