In high school, there was this amazing punter, Travis. He could put the ball just about anywhere on the field that the coach wanted. When he got up to kick, the punt returner would back up, because he could put some air under the ball.
Just like any athlete, this came with practice. The thing is, after kicking the footballs in practice, he had to go get them.
One day, Travis got this bright idea. If he kicked the balls straight up, they would come right back to him, or at least in the general vicinity. That way, he did not have to run all over the field to retrieve the balls. Everyone shared a laugh, and Travis got away with it.
That Friday, the stadium was packed with eager fans. During the fourth quarter, there came a crucial play. The team was winning by a field goal in the closing minutes. They were pinned back near the goal line, but no one was sweating, they had Travis. All he had to do was kick the ball deep and the game was over.
By now, you can probably figure what happened next. Travis kicked a beautiful spiral, that sailed straight up. Quick hands a few yards later, the opposing team scored. His team lost.
What we do when the crowd isn't watching, prepares us for those moments of divine opportunity, when we can change the course of the game.