Sunday, 08 December 2019

M Michele's Musings

What Were the Chances?

What Was the Purpose?

 

Recently we watched the playoff game between the Saints and the Rams fully expecting that the Saints would win, after all, they were the favored team and they were playing at home.  But for the fateful happenstance that changed the entire outcome of the football game, Saints fans believe that they would have gone on to play in this year’s Super Bowl.  New Orleans and all of Louisiana feltthe loss deeply.  Most everyone in the sports world is in agreement that the Saints were cheated.  If a flag had been thrown, as it should have been, the Saints would have played the clock and likely would havewon the game.  However, because there was no flag and the lack of a penalty is not something that can be challenged,the Saints lost their drive and the gamewent into overtime.  The Saints won the coin toss and were the first team up in overtime.  They were barely into their drivewhen Drew Breesattempted to throw the football and it was tipped by a Ram’s player.  The football went nowhere near its intended target.  In what seemed like design, thefootball found its way directly into the hands and belly of a fallen Rams player.  With that catch the Saints drive was over and theRamswere up.  Unfortunately, the Saints were unable to stop the Rams and overtime was over almost as soon as it began. The Rams were victorious.  They were going to the Super Bowl.

Between the unchallengeable non-call and the tipped ball finding its way into the middle of an unsuspecting Ram’s player it seems as if the Rams were destined to win this game.  It is my firm belief that God allows everything and he allowed the Rams to win in this instance.  He is sovereign and despite what some may believe, I believe God is working to some end, right smack dab in the middle of everything, even a football game.  Even upset as I was over how the game was unfolding, when the Rams caught thefootball the way they did, I thought, What were the chances of that happening?It seemed as if the scales had been tipped, not once but twice, in favor of the Rams. Why?Was it providence and was there a purpose?  Could something good come out of bad calls or blatant non-calls?

It is interesting that because of what happened in the Saints fateful last game of 2018 season, the NFL gurus may revise the playing rule that possibly lost the Saints the chance to go to the Super Bowl.  Perhaps if the Rams had not been successful in overtime the rule would have not been challenged as vehemently thus making room for good change to come.  Sometimes good things come out of bad circumstances.  In years past, and usually in response to negative circumstances, the NFL has revised its playing rules to make contests safer, fairer and more enjoyable for fans viewing.  Perhaps the “Why?” and “What was the purpose?” is answered in the events that transpired after this unforgettable game.  Hopefully we will eventually see something good come out of the Rams vs Saints game that seemed so unfair to the majority of football fans everywhere. 

Even the names of the two teams bring to mind an analogy of a spiritual comparison.  A ram is a male sheep and the Bible teaches us that we are all sheep gone astray when we are without Christ.  Through our acceptance of the free gift of Salvation through Christ we become God’s sheep and children of God.  Ultimately, we become the Saints of God.   There is still a spiritual war going on in this world we live in.  The lost (sheep gone astray/Rams) and the saved (Christ following sheep/Saints) working, playing and living together yet sometimes fighting and striving against one another much like football games.  We are all reaching, fighting, striving, and working toward something greater much like the football world is striving to win the much prized Super Bowl win and the Lombardi Trophy.    

It is my firm belief that “Saints” should always win.  However, this is not the way things are in this world in which we live.  Though the Saints will eventually be victorious, in the here and now, because of original sin that entered in through Adam and Eve’s disobedience, we live in a fallen world. We will have trials and tribulations no matter our spiritual state in life. “He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.” Matthew 5:45. There will be good times and bad. And as it is with football games, there will be victories and defeats.  Despite all of these things, the truth is, God loves us.  He loves us whether we are the sheep who has gone astray or whether we are the sheep that has come into His fold.  He has a plan in everything He does and in everything He allows.  Though we can’t always see it and sometimes don’t believe it, He is always working all things for the greater good of everyone involved.  He loves His saints just as He loves sinners.His goal is to make His sheep of God more like Christ and to draw all lost sheep unto Himself that they might be saved by grace.  “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.” 2 Peter 3:9  

Even from thisheart wrenching footballgame, we learn that existencecan be hard, disappointments come and unfairness sometimes permeates life circumstances.  However, we shouldn’t be mad or upset about every loss because sometimes there is a greater purpose.  Yes, overcoming disappointments and losses can be difficult.  They can leave us wondering if God really cares.  We will notalways have answers and there will be times we simply don’t understand the “Whys?”  But know that God does care. He sees.  He knows.  He is on our side.  He is fighting our battles.  He is ever working.  Since God is on our side we can always be encouraged.BecauseHe is continuouslyworking all things together, no matter what they are, for good in all lives.“For it is God who is working in you both to will and to work according to his good purpose.” Philippians 2:13   He has a plan. “For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11   He loves each and every one so very much.  “I have loved you with an everlasting love; I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.” Philippians 31:3b   Just knowing these simple truths can help us to trust God in the midst of great heartache, failure and disappointment.  We can learn, grow, get stronger and overcome with joy in our heart.Don’t ever forget, our greatest disappointment can work out to be the best thing that ever happened to us because God has worked out His perfect plan in the midst of our dilemma. 

Because of His great love for us He gave us the greatest gift ever.  He sent His beloved Son, Jesus Christ to die for all mankind. “And He is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.” 1 John 2:2   Yes, He sent Jesus, for you and me, who were once sheep gone astraybut now the sheep of His fold.  “Beloved we are now children of God” Philippians 3:2 Like playerswho are drafted onvarious football teams we can be a part of God’s team, if we just accept His free gift of salvation through Christ.  And just as football players’ work toward the ultimate goal of winning a championship we have an even greater goal to reach for.  Hopefully, we can say with Paul, “I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 3:14 However, unlike most football players,who never attain the win of a Super Bowl and never know what it is like to win the cherished Lombardy Trophy, we will gain a crown.  “Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever.” 1 Corinthians 9:25  When we are in a relationship with God through Christ there are no disappointments that cancause us to lose the final game.  In the end we will be victorious.  We will be with God.  “If we endure, we will also reign with Him.” 2 Timothy 2:12  And His word promises, “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.”  Revelation 21:4    

 

“May the LORD bless you and keep you;

May the LORD cause His face to shine upon you and be gracious to you;

May the LORD lift up His countenance toward you and give you peace.’”

Numbers 6:24-26    

 

Love in Christ, Michele

Copyright February 2019 ~ Michele LeDoux Abshire

Columnist: Michele's Musings

Picture Michele Abshire is a housewife, mother, grandmother, and full time legal assistant. She has been published in Lake Charles, Louisiana publications, Christian Star Newspaper and Gumbeaux Magazine.  

Michele began writing notes of encouragement to people God put on her heart which led her in the direction of writing short encouraging stories, letters, essays and analogies.  This quickly became a ministry for her.  

Michele's vision is to reach people with encouraging messages that will lift their heart and bring joy for sorrow and hope for discouragement. Michele enjoys your feedback so leave a comment in the form at the bottom of the page or email her at  micheles.musings@gmail.com

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