I held my breath.
I sat on the edge of my seat.
I jumped up and down and clapped and hollered more than once yesterday. My heart was in this game. I’ve had anxiety attacks in the past, and I physically felt a similar tension. I don’t know if that is a good thing or a bad thing, but it’s true. I love our Packers.
I knew Russell Wilson, Seahawks QB had played football in Madison, WI. The very state where I live, and the state hosting Green Bay, Lambeau Field and our beloved Packers. (One must be willing to bow their head under a large foam triangle that looks like cheese and paint a large G on the side of your house, your truck or your fence and to sit in a stadium outside when it’s 20 degrees below zero to truly understand what I mean.)
I also want to tell you, I prayed for the Packers on my way home from church. I prayed for them during the game. I hollered, “Thank you Jesus!” when they scored, or played well. And admittedly when the other team did not. (Forgive me Jesus!)
But I also knew going in, that Seahawks fans were praying too. And I knew some of the Seahawks players were live-out-loud believers in Jesus. I had seen a video of their celebration of His salvation.
And I had this feeling as the game progressed, because I know how God likes to show up and turn things around, that even though our Pack led the whole way, that something could -and maybe even likely would- turn around. I just had that feeling. Maybe that’s why my heart was so tense . . .
Let me stop here and just say, I believe God loves the Packers and the Seahawks equally. And their fans. And I absolutely believe He has a hand in these things. Because He created us all for a purpose, and whether a person has accepted that or not, we can’t help showing our Creator though the gifts He’s given us.
And for those of us who do know we are created by Him and for Him, we understand that if we win it is for His glory (to magnify His goodness) and if we lose, that too is for His glory (to magnify His goodness by showing we do not trust in our ability but in His goodness and can be good sports, celebrating with the winner)
So, if you watched the game, you couldn’t miss it. It was like the end-zone angels actually really did swoop in (Or the Spirit that helped Elijah outrun chariots in 1 Kings 18:46) and WHAM! It was a profound turnaround, the Seahawks won the game in about three minute’s time.
I was so glad it was over! I began to breathe again, and sought to settle my mind. (I may or may not need counseling)
Minutes later as I finally had the energy to look at my phone (I literally couldn’t even engage in any dialog on social media as I have during other games, I was so tense!) I opened my email, and saw that my friend had sent the very video I’d seen before: (email readers, click on my blog title to view the 15 minute video)
As I watched this again today, on MLK day, and I looked at Russell Wilson, and I considered the current tension in our country and how it’s almost as if the ground we’d gained (or some of us maybe blindly had believed we’d gained) in civility in our land, had been obliterated since the great turning of the tide in Martin Luther King’s day.
And the sermon he wrote in September 1965, about “living under the tensions of this modern life”- how his words could have been written today.
I could be wrong, I could. But maybe God, in His wisdom is using the game to tell us some things. To tell us, He sees what is going on. He is in control. And He will honor those who honor Him. Whether in winning or losing. 1 Samuel 2:30
And I think our Packers have done that too. Perhaps unknowingly, or perhaps in acknowledgement of God, they’ve given Him glory (celebrating His goodness) in being thankful.