ORONO – Some people live out their faith every Sunday at church, but Maine quarterback Chris Ferguson makes it a daily mission to carry it with him in whatever he is doing.
“I just think God really wanted me here for some reason and I trusted that and I ended up committing,” he said.
Three years later, he is now the starting quarterback for the Maine Black Bears.
Ferguson said it is all part of a divine plan.
“We’re all here for His purpose,” he said.
Maine’s signal caller found his faith during his career in Orono.
“Last year, with the competition going on, something clicked,” said Ferguson.
When discussing Chris’ journey at Maine, Romans 8:28 comes to mind, which says all things work for the good of those who love the Lord and those who have been called for his purpose.
One can argue one good that came out of his journey is the presence he carries with him everyday.
It is seen in his play.
“I’d make plays on the field,” he said, “I’m just like, I don’t know how I did that and I know that it was God.”
Through team prayer meetings, Bible studies with coach Birkett and his teammates.
“When he shows his faith and it shows through his character and his colors, we can’t help but to fall behind,” said Jaquan Blair, a wide receiver for the Black Bears.
“You can see it in his face that he never waivers,” said Mozai Nelson, a defensive back and special teams player for the team.
It’s also felt through his family.
One incident when he separated his shoulder in the 5th game of the season comes to mind.
“Right after that game, the Central Michigan game,” said Ferguson, “I had a lot of verses for me waiting and a lot of motivation from my whole family, everybody texting me different things that really kept motivated and kept God in the picture.”
When sidelined, it took prayers answered.
And bouncing back when called to return.
The Maine Black Bears may have faced a lot of hurdles this season, but win or lose, its purpose may be greater.
“There’s a lot of kids on this team that are rooted in Christ and know God,” said Ferguson, “and for the kids that don’t, I try to work on them, you know, plant a seed in them every once in a while.”
He tries to instill the same hope in others.
“Life on earth is short and heaven’s forever, eternity is forever and I think if people understand that, they’ll want to have a relationship with God,” he said.