Great athletes often refer to playing in a state of mind which is called “the zone.”
There’s no denying that a zone does exist, for we get rare glimpses of it in every sport. Joe Montana, Larry Bird, Michael Jordan, Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods, Tom Brady, Nolan Ryan … all are men who have proved that they can rise to a position, even above other professionals in the heat of battle, and do things that leave us speechless.
They put themselves in a rare position and simply play at a different level.
Position is everything.
He is like a tree, planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers. – Psalm 1:3
Great men of God do experience life in a unique position, but be keenly aware of this truth: a man’s position in the zone of God’s favor is not one that he can arrive at by hard work and sheer talent.
The only reason this man mentioned in the verse above is blessed is because of his position near the living water. He is blessed because the roots of his heart go deep, and stay planted, in the stream of God’s life-giving Spirit. It’s the water flowing into him that create the zone.