I’m a Texan, through and through. Born here, raised here and still here; raising my kids here. I love BBQ brisket, down home chili, and jalapeno peppers aren’t even hot to me. I know why there are six flags, and it’s not because it’s a cute name for an amusement part. I like pick up trucks and country livin’. But one thing I am not, is a Dallas Cowboys Fan. My team is the Philadelphia Eagles, and unfortunately this has been a challenging year. It’s hard enough that I’m a rival fan in Cowboys country, but my team isn’t doing so well this year. I have to hear it all the time from loyal silver and blue fans, that my team has no rings and they suck. And this particular season they’re right.
This past Sunday, my Eagles were up against the New England Patriots. Yeah, you know, Tom Brady and them! One of the best teams in the league. Multiple Super Bowl Champs, and superstar players and couches. I didn’t bother to watch the game, nor did even try to keep up with the score, because I just knew this game was going to be a wash. No way would we be able to beat the Pats. Our struggling defense and our lack luster offense would stand a chance against a team who had only lost one game all season. Surly, we weren’t going to win.
But to my surprise, my wife checked the scores and lo and behold: 35-28 … Eagles! I have to be honest: I didn’t see that coming! It was an unexpected win.
Sometimes, life has a way of doing the same thing. There are always situations and circumstances in life where you just expect to lose. It’s not that, you’re a pessimist, but you are realistic enough to know when the odds are not stacked in your favor. As you approach these situations, you just go ahead and brace yourself. Trust me, I understand. But sometimes life hands you an unexpected win. It pays to show up, suit up and take the field. This just may be the one time that the creek rises and you actually succeed; or the one day that the planets align and you overcome.
After struggling all night long, Simon Peter and his fishing crew were about to head home, when Jesus shows up (Luke 5). Jesus tells them to launch out into the deep waters and let down their nets for a catch. Simon Peter informs Jesus that they had been working all night long near the shore and had caught nothing. Professional fishermen knew, in those days, the best fishing was done at night in shallower waters. Those were the best conditions to win. So this preacher, telling them to go out into the deep waters, in the daylight was ridiculous, Simon says to Jesus, “nevertheless at thy word, I will let down the net.” (verse 5, KJV) In other words, he was saying (probably sarcastically), “If you say so …”
Here they were, professionals, in the wrong place, at the wrong time, but yet the unexpected happens. “When they had done this, they enclosed a great quantity of fish, and their nets began to break; so they signaled to their partners in the other boat for them to come and help them. And they came and filled both of the boats, so that they began to sink.” (vereses 6-7, New American Standard Bible)
Even though Simon Peter wasn’t looking for any favorable results, He catches enough fish to retire from fishing. It was an unexpected win. So let me encourage you. Just because the situation is not in your favor, you still may walk into the biggest blessing in your life. Favorable circumstances don’t always reflect your favor with God. With the odds stacked against you, victory still may belong to you!
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