I turned off the Super Bowl Sunday night after the end of the third quarter and Patrick Mahomes throwing an interception, thinking that the 49ers had the game in hand. It wasn’t that I was angry thinking that the 49ers were going to win (because I like the Broncos and the Buccaneers), but just that the momentum looked to be obviously shifting to their side. I decided to shut off the game and go downstairs and work for a bit. That work time ended up going through the end of the game and later than I thought it would. I decided to check the app on my phone to see the final score and lo and behold, the Chiefs pulled out a victory! I then went to Facebook and saw all of the people saying that it was probably one of the best Super Bowl endings they had seen in a long time. They were complimenting the play of Patrick Mahomes and what looks like a continued promising career in the NFL and glad that Andy Reid finally won his Super Bowl.
I remember telling Yolanda that I was fairly sure the Chiefs were going to lose and it was going to be boring to sit and watch the end, while giving her my “professional assessment” of how I just knew in my gut what the outcome of the game was going to be. Little did I know that I was absolutely wrong and missed watching the end of a great game.
Isn’t that similar to problems hitting our lives as Christians? We go through something that we did not expect or pain hits in life some way and we think, “Well, I know how THIS one is going to end.” Maybe that is more of a reflection on our lack of trust in what God is doing behind the scenes and an assumption that because it happened like this before it will be that same way again. The reality is that we cannot predict the end of really…anything! We can react to our emotions and how we think something is going to happen or not happen, but only God really knows the outcome of any situation. We are only to pray and trust that he will work things out for our good in the long run.
There is a verse in the Bible, Proverbs 16:9 that says, “In their hearts humans plan their course, but the LORD establishes their steps.” We can think we have it all planned out and know what the outcome is going to be, but God is the only one who knows the ending so we need to stay in it until the end. We need to focus more on asking God for his patience, listening to his heart, and learning to ignore the things we can FEEL when we go through the gyrations of life.
Today, don’t stop trusting in, listening to, leaning on, learning from Jesus whether there is currently no storm, some kind of ridiculous maelstrom that seems unbearable, or seeing issues brewing on the horizon. The Bible does NOT promise us that we will be free of issues in life but that we can have an assurance that He will ALWAYS be there and never forsake us…as long as we never give up. And the ending to HIS story and our lives will be even better than the end of a closely matched football game that in reality, didn’t change my life or probably yours either.
Blessings and praying for God to do something special in your life today to help you to hang on to His promises!
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