5:13 left, 4th Quarter: INTERCEPTION.
The game should’ve been over.
But it wasn’t.
You probably watched the NFC Championship game this past week; the Seattle Seahawks came back from a 19-7 deficit to win in overtime, 28-22. Coming back from 12 down, and after Seattle QB Russell Wilson threw that interception with 5:13 to play, was miraculous enough. But it was the way they came back that was most impressive. Seattle stayed the course. They continued to play hard and apply pressure to Green Bay. That pressure caused Green Bay to play conservatively, and it led to them making mistakes that put Seattle in position to win the game.
Therefore, my beloved, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the work of the Lord, because you know that in the Lord your labor is not in vain. ~1 Corinthians 15:58
Seattle’s persistence, focus, and resolve in applying pressure to Green Bay produced a win for them. To be honest, they also got a few breaks along the way, and even then, their effort isn’t a guaranteed formula assuring a winning result. But I do know this: if we live confidently in God’s promises of grace, reminding us that our lives and abilities are tremendous gifts from God, we can persist. We can focus. We can work with resolve. And when we do that, no matter if we’re ahead or behind on the scoreboard – or on or off the mat – none of our efforts will be in vain. And that’s the real victory – to keep fighting, no matter what the situation or score, no matter how much time is on the clock, and no matter if you feel in control or not.
I write these weekend devotionals for the Old Dominion University Wrestling team, currently ranked #18 in NCAA Division I.