That’s The Way The Ball Bounces

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How on earth did he catch that ball?  Maybe that’s it – there’s no way on earth he caught it; anybody believe in Divine intervention? Even though many don’t want to equate spirituality with sports, how else can you explain what happens in situations like this? Eagles quarterback Nick Foles had no business throwing into double coverage. Nine out of ten times, that pass is intercepted, Philly looses to Green Bay, and the Eagles season is over.

Instead, a deflected pass lands in DeSean Jackson’s hands.  Jackson is in the right place at the right time; the Eagles score first, go on to win, and are now tied with the Dallas Cowboys for first place in the NFC East.  You just can’t write that kind of script. That’s just the way the ball bounces.

There are times when we have no business winning, no business coming away with a touchdown catch, no business coming out on top. There are defenders determined to intercept our blessings, challengers charged with cutting-off our miracles, and opponents obsessed with obtaining our crowns. And yet, the ball bounces our way. It can’t be explained.  It can only be experienced.  And that’s the way the ball bounces.

It’s a modern proverb. You cannot control everything that happens to you. But you can control how you react to everything that happens to you.  Those of us who believe in heaven and hell, right and wrong, virtue and vice, know that good will overcome evil, and that there is order in the universe. God is in control. Thank God good happens when we expect bad; unfortunately, the opposite is also true: bad happens when we expect good.  But we know how the story ends. 

 So, the next time you’re double teamed, the next time the ball should be snatched away from you, the next time you come away unscathed, unphased and undefeated, know that you are in the same company as the three Hebrew boys, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. They were thrown into the fiery furnace.  They were outgunned, outmatched and seemingly outdone.  But we know how the story ends.

And that’s the way the ball bounces.

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