Those who know me, may not believe me…but I actually do know that who wins and who loses is BIGGER than the game itself! I’ve been on Facebook and texting back and forth with a lot of Seahawk fans and I LOVE smack talk! It’s partly what makes football so fun..for me anyway! But as all the smack talk has been going down this week, I’ve also been having deeper thoughts about the outcome.
You see, God knows the number of the hairs on each of our heads! He cares about the details! So some people may say that God doesn’t care who wins a football game, but I would say that they are wrong. MILLIONS of people, not just the players get invested in these teams and these games. Sunday will come and go. There will be a winner and there will be a loser. Based on that result, I personally will either be elated or totally bummed out. If my team loses I will get to see my Seahawk freinds and smirk just a little bit. If they lose…I will get to endure many many comments, but I will hold my head high because I’m NINER FAITHFUL! But you see…in the end for me, it’s just a game.
However there will be stories we will never know of that are a direct result of the games winner or loser. People will already be drinking too much because it’s game day. Someone who is celebrating or drowning their sorrows may have one too many and get behind the wheel and change a life forever. Another might have too many drinks once again and return home to a family who fears the sound of him walking through the door, and their fear will become reality once again.
Then there are the deal makers. You know the ones who make a deal with God that if their team wins they will go to Church for the first time in years! And what if they actually go…and the message actually penetrates their heart! Speaking of deals there will be those who are wagering on this game. Someone may lose this months rent, and it might be final straw for their spouse who decides to leave them once and for all because they can’t take living with an addict any longer!
We just don’t know….we have NO IDEA how the wins and the loses will effect lives. Real lives. Real families. But…. GOD KNOWS! He sees so clearly how it will go for every single person of those millions who are invested. He is able to determine the short-term and long-term benefits and repercussions. He sees which outcome will ultimately be more for His glory and not the glory of the team or it’s fans.
So as much as I want my Niners to beat the Seahawks and go on to win another Super Bowl ring…. I ultimately pray that God would be glorified through the outcome of the games. Win or lose, deep down I will be at peace with the outcome, because He is in control. He is sovereign. And he does care!