Since the final thirty seconds of the Super Bowl last night, one phrase has been all over the media in different variations.
I haven’t talked to or heard from one person (and virtually all of my friends and family are Seahawks fans) that says they understood the call.
And that’s a grievous understatement.
The fans are disappointed and confused. Angry even.
But Seahawks fans LOVE their team, and even in their angst over the outcome of the game and how it came about, they are diehard believers. The support that poured over internet on the team’s behalf was heartwarming.
For the vast majority, not even a detrimental bad call that cost the most significant win for any football team, could sway them from their allegiance.
Here’s what’s interesting to me….
We have faith in our football team, we devoutly follow them even when they make mistakes that grieve us. We will declare to anyone that thinks differently that we know the truth – they are a great team. We are disappointed but unashamed to wear their jerseys that bear their name. Even when there’s been a bad call. We still believe in them.
But here’s the deal.
Why do we treat God with less trust, dedication and devotion than we do a national football team?
God doesn’t make bad calls. Everything He does is intentional and preempted by love. He doesn’t forget things or miss a play. He works for not only the good of the team, but the good of the individual. You and me.
But if we don’t like how the “game” is looking, we tend to look for another team or start our own. We only trust our Coach when He makes the calls we think He should. Somehow, (even though deep down we know better), we forget that He has gone before us in every move He’s laid out and that His sovereign view extends way beyond our near-sightedness.
He knows the final score and He has a plan that’s going to place us as winners.
What if we gave Him the same credit we’re giving the Seahawks? What if, even when we don’t understand, we stood by our Coach and trusted that He knows what He’s doing? What if we proudly wore His name, even when we are down and it seems unlikely that we’ll make a comeback? What if we banded together as a team and declared our love and devotion to the Coach who wouldn’t make a bad call even if He could?
What if we truly believed that the game isn’t over yet and that He’s got victory in store?
Yesterday’s mishap won’t be the last bad call in football history. But football will continue and Super Bowls will grace our country with each new year.
Imagine playing for a team and with a Coach, where every call is good and every game ends in final victory.
I want to be a diehard fan on THAT team….
Proverbs 3:5-6 – Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
Isaiah 43:2 – When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you.
Romans 8:28 – And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.