Whether you’re a football fan or not, Super Bowl 51 was an epic game for the ages! Against all odds, the New England Patriots turned a seemingly hopeless situation into a record-setting comeback victory.
For those of us living in New England, the hoopla following the Patriots’ historic overtime win was inescapable. Blue and white Pats jerseys replaced the normal dress codes at local businesses, Patriots flags flew proudly on homes and storefronts, and quarterback Tom Brady secured his superhuman status amongst all New Englanders.
But not every Patriots fan was satisfied.
A neighbor of mine cringed when I mentioned the game. “Ughhh… I was sooooo mad!” he groaned with a pained expression. “The Pats were so far behind — the whole thing just seemed completely hopeless! I didn’t want to sit there and watch them lose, so I changed the channel and ended up falling asleep on the couch. I woke up an hour later… my phone was buzzing like crazy. Every text said the same thing: the Patriots had won! It was all over! The biggest comeback in Super Bowl history! And I MISSED THE WHOLE THING!”
The poor guy! I commiserated with him, but honestly, his story probably isn’t all that unusual. I’m sure some other fans checked out early and missed the dramatic turn of events.
This story might resonate with Christians in a spiritual sense as well. We know God can do anything – even the miraculous! But we don’t always expect it, or wait for it. When things aren’t going our way, our emotions can take over. Disappointments create feelings of hopelessness. We no longer present our hearts to God with a spirit of optimism and trust. We don’t look to Him to turn things around, but instead we begin seeking our own way out.
For you, it might be a struggling marriage… or a job that’s become tiresome… or a strained family relationship… It’s easy to give up hope, but “changing the channel” or “falling asleep” may cause us to miss out on a chance to see God orchestrate a dramatic turn of events. He can reignite the flame in your marriage; He can renew the passion in your job; He can restore your family relationships. Are we tuned in to all the possibilities in His gameplan?
Ephesians 3:20 — “Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.”
– Ron Reid
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