I watched the Super Bowl online tonight. My day was full of fun things like church and brunch and spray painting hula hoops (it’s my life) and before I realized it, it was 5:30pm and I hadn’t made plans to watch the Super Bowl anywhere. Yikes! Now, let’s be honest, I don’t tend to watch sports. This shirt generally tends to summarize my feelings about sports… all of them.
That being said, I’m a born and raised New Englander and this was the Super Bowl. My team was there. I had to watch. Given my lack of poor planning however, I ended up watching the game livestream with my friend, Ashlynn. (She’s the best!) That meant that in addition to wine and chocolate, we had about a 2 minute delay in the game. While this didn’t stop us from enjoying the game (read: talking about our feelings during the game and watching the commercials) and the half time show (I <3 Katy Perry & the dancing sharks), it did lend itself to a unique experience.
As has always been the case during the Super Bowl, my Dad called me during the game. In fact, he called every time New England scored. Given that we were watching with a two minute delay it was like seeing into the future. I’d be holding my breathe for a big play right as the phone would ring and I’d answer to hear my Dad’s voice saying that everything was going to be ok. This was particularly comforting in the last two minutes of the game (can we talk about that interception?!?!). When he called for the last time all he said was,
“I know you haven’t seen it yet, but don’t worry. I already have. It’s our game. We’ve got this.”
That one sentence hit me and in a moment I felt the words echo in my heart from my heavenly father. You see this has been something of a challenging season. I’ve found myself in the midst of the unknown. I’ve been surrounded by what seem to be insurmountable mountains. Definitely out of the boat and feeling the water start to lap at my ankles. In the midst of it all, I’ve been desperate to know what’s next.
It only took that one little phone call to remind me though, that I have a God who sees way more than two minutes into the future. He’s a God who has promised to work all things together for my good (Rom. 8:28) and is as we speak doing what is needed to ensure that I win in life. I may not know what tomorrow holds, but I do know that He’s already in it and always has my best interest in mind.
So, tonight I’m grateful for a few things…
I’m grateful that the Patriots won!
I’m grateful for dancing sharks.
and, most of all, I’m grateful for a God that sees the future and is saying
“Hey! Don’t worry. It’s our game. We’ve got this.”