My Reflection on the Importance of Patience (at a Football Game)

A paved road with the words "Are We There Yet?"Sometimes, everyday events can underscore biblical truths. Last Saturday, my wife and I attended a high school football game. It was homecoming weekend for the team and school we were rooting for. Our youngest son attends that school.

With less than three minutes left in the game, our team was behind five points. But we were on the verge of scoring a touchdown to pull ahead. Then our quarterback fumbled only seven yards from the goal line. That did it. You could sense the life leaving the fans and the team. Fans began leaving the stadium in droves. 

After that fumble, I saw a couple of the football players nearly crying on the side line. They knew it was over. One mother came down from the stands to reach over the fence separating the stands from the field to comfort her son. I beckoned to my wife for us to leave. But she wanted to stay so we did.

Our team received the ball one more time with only eight seconds left in the game. On the first play, the quarterback connected with a receiver who caught the ball and ran out of bounds with three seconds left. On the next play, the quarterback threw a bomb over fifty yards into the end zone for the touchdown and victory!

The place came alive again, exploding with celebration. I believe that was the most exciting ending I have ever witnessed in a high school football game.

As I left the game, I reflected on the heart of the team and the poise of the quarterback that was needed to pull off the victory. Then I thought about some words of Paul the apostle. He wrote, “You have need of patience, that, after you have done the will of God, you might receive the promise” (Hebrews 10:36). It was the word patience that stood out in my mind at the game. Once we have done the will of God, we must know how to patiently wait on the Lord.

At the football game, many people didn’t see the amazing victory because they left too soon (as I had suggested to my wife). And I wonder how many believers miss out on receiving from God because they cast off their faith too soon. Similar to the outcome of the game, sometimes God shows up in what we regard as the very last minute or second. We must believe that no matter how certain defeat may appear, we always win when we keep the faith.

A duration of time often exists between when you align yourself with the Word of God and when you will realize the fulfillment of His promises. Sometimes, that duration can be long. In the interval, the Bible says you have need of patience.

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[Meditational Thought: In this fast-paced world and digital age, we don’t like to wait—even on God.]

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2 thoughts on “My Reflection on the Importance of Patience (at a Football Game)

  1. Such an exciting game! I see your wife is the more patient one. How we must all strive to be filled with the Holy Spirit so we can be more patient and wait on God.

    • You are right; my wife definitely has more patience than I do. I am always on the go. In ministry work, I often don’t know how to or don’t want to back off and slow down when I should. As I am getting older, I am learning–I think.

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