A Watched Pot Never Boils, a.k.a. The Super Bowl Isn’t Played in October

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Last time I checked, the Super Bowl is played on the first Sunday in February. It was played in January for forever until the NFL went tinkering with tradition. Anyway, the point is, we’re just six, count ‘em, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, SIX games into the 2014 NFL regular season, and already all of the sports prophets and reporters and predictors and redactors have the Dallas Cowboys Winning the Super Bowl. That’s’ right, after one win, (albeit a pretty impressive win, mind you) all the know it alls have it all figured out.

Last time I checked, you’re not supposed to watch a pot while it boils, because they say a watched pot NEVER boils. It’s a modern proverb; the saying means that something you are waiting for will not happen while you are concentrating on it. HMMMMM. True or false?

Last time I checked, my Philadelphia Eagles were atop the NFL’s NFC East at 5-1 with a 2-0 record in the Division, the same Division that those same sideshow sages and seers said would be the NFC Least, not the NFC East. My Eagles (pronounced “Iggles” for all those of you who aren’t from Philly) are looking pretty good, as they shut out the NY “Football” Giants on Sunday night, 27-0. I’m happy and glad, but not yet hippopotamus glad or hyena happy; at least not yet.

So I’m not going to watch this pot boil. Let’s reconvene in December, when the big boys come out and play; that’s when we’ll separate the men from the cowboys, so to speak. Winning championships is like herding kittens, it’s not easily done, and comes at great expense, effort and exertion.

Championships are like girlfriends; they’re frail and fragile, delicate and docile and must be warmed and wooed, coaxed and cajoled, buttered-up and chased down in order to be won. You can’t order them in or dial them up; they come when they’re ready, and you just have to be there when they show up. That’s what the Philadelphia Eagles Fans are doing. While we have no Super Bowl rings to speak of, we’re waiting by the phone. To switch sides in the boyfriend/girlfriend metaphor, we’re waiting for that great guy to call us back. Going back to the NFC East, those Cowboys have 5 Super Bowl rings, the Giants have 4, and the Redskins have 3. And we have none.

Spiritually speaking, those of us who believe that this world is not our home, we are waiting for the manifestation of all the promises of God. They are all true and amen, so we can bank on God coming through with each and every promise He’s made to us. Those promises include healing and heath, wellbeing and wealth, and benefits too numerous to fit in a blog. So let’s take courage and have faith. If you’re waiting on a promise to come to pass, take it from me, don’t stare down at the pot. Instead, focus your eyes upward and skyward and Heavenward, for this is where the provider of the promises presides.

So while we Eagles fans have a big pot on the stove full of fresh water, and in the pot this time we have Nick Foles and LeSean McCoy and Darren Sproles and Jordan Matthews and a host of other Pro-Bowlers once again, but this time we’re going to wait this one out. All Eagles fans everywhere would KILL for a Super Bowl victory, but we’re willing to wait for it. Right? Right. RIGHT? Right. And the wait this year is until the first Sunday in February when the Super Bowl is played.


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