I know all you non-football types are sick of hearing me yammer about football – but I MUST share my incredibly grateful heart for the great football day yesterday. Please, even if you’re not a football wife, please read on, it may not be what you think it’s going to be.
While it may sound like another litany on the thrill of flying pigskin, in reality, it’s a psalm of praise to the Lord for His goodness and mercy.
You see, 20 years ago (less, really) a day like yesterday, rather than being spent in joint enjoyment and pleasure in 2 football games would instead have been spent in sulking and argument. (mine)
Jeff was born a football man. I was born an anti-football woman. The sound of a football game in the other room would instantly give me a headache. My father wasn’t a football watcher and the thought that people would waste such copious amounts of time watching other people run on the field and act like grumpy fools…..well, the mere thought could provide me sufficient fuel for a diatribe to last all Sunday long.
Since talking to Jeff didn’t warrant sufficient change in him – oh he tried, he really did – but he’d still check on the scores late in the afternoon or turn it on just for a little while. (When I look back and see the sacrifices he made, I’m really, truly blessed – and amazed.) I decided to “go over his head” and talk to the Lord about it. I asked the Lord to change the situation, so that we could spend an enjoyable Sunday afternoon TOGETHER. (This was a big issue for me, since we worked diametrically opposing work schedules. “Together” during the week MIGHT mean 30 min at lunch time together. Best case scenario, it meant we got to spend all day together on a Sunday, but only in REALLY slow seasons – he was a retail manager)
When I prayed that prayer, it just never never crossed my mind that *I* was the situation the Lord was going to change. So, you see, when I see my family sitting in our tiny living room (and it IS tiny) watching a football game, TOGETHER – enjoying it together – all wearing our Colts hats together – and laughing and having a sweet time….it is cause for rejoicing in my soul. I could have missed all this. I could instead be sitting in my bedroom, to block out all the noise that Jeff and the kids make watching the game – or I could be watching a movie or any other number of things. AND most likely doing it with a rotten heart attitude.
Instead, during part of the game, I was sitting, back to Jeff’s chest, within the fold of his arms, munching popcorn and laughing together. I could have missed out on that – and the fact that I didn’t is ONLY due to the mercy and kindness and goodness of my Lord to work a change in my heart.
Truly, truly our Father is kind to work in our lives, changing us into the likeness of Him, for His glory and our good. Am I saying then that I believe God is a football fan?!! Well, DUH, didn’t you see that interception at the end of the Colts’ game?!!! 😉
I believe it is His pleasure to see us meld ourselves, as wives into aspects of the character of our husband – as a constant reminder – to both our men and ourselves, that we are being molded into the character of our Heavenly Bridegroom. The thought that He would do either one, leaves me longing to bow my heart in worship of His abundantly good gifts!
It may not be football at your house, it might be sailing or biking or any other number of things that the Lord has changed in your heart. Won’t you join me? Won’t you take a few moments and thank Father for His kindness to you both – you and your hubby – for changing you, so that you two are becoming one in more ways?
If this (not necessarily football, but perhaps NASCAR racing or boxing or…or…) is something you still struggle with – may I be one of the voices who would say to you, “The Lord is able. He is MORE than able to change you. There will come a time when you will suddenly stop and be ASTOUNDED that you are able to enjoy the things that your man enjoys, to the glory of the Lord AND for your pleasure.” He really is that able….and He really is that incredible. Blessed be the Name of the Lord!