This past weekend my family and I got to visit what we call Heaven on Earth. We met up with some friends in Boone, Nc which is home of the Appalachian State Mountaineers. We know it as our Alma Mater. You probably know it as the team that beat Michigan in 2005.
On Saturday, my brother in law Daniel (a current Mountaineer), my friend Brian, and I headed to a football game between # 3 Appstate and #4 Wofford. This was going to be a big game. If we won, we got at least a share of the conference title....FOR THE 6th STRAIGHT YEAR. If we lost, then we got nothing. It was all or nothing.
The stadium was PACKED. The environment was ELECTRIC. It was INTENSE!
And then the game started. First App drive = Touchdown.
The crowd went wild. Everyone was jumping and screaming and cheering. It was a first blow to our opponents. Nerves settled back in as Wofford took the ball. Would this be a defensive struggle? Would we go back and forth? Would we be able to hold on to our lead??
The first quarter ended with the score App 7 - Wofford 0
Then the second and third quarters happened. I'll summarize it to save some time.
FG - APP 10-0
TD - APP 17-0
TD - APP 24-0
TD - APP 31-0
TD - APP 38-0
App went on to win the game 43-13 over a team that was essentially ranked the same as us. It was dominating.
But where did I see God?
When we scored our second touchdown in the 3rd touchdown we jumped, we screamed, we laughed. We gave high fives. We hugged people we didn't know. We were overjoyed!!
and I thought. "This is heaven."
If you are a sports fan you know that feeling. That feeling of euphoria when your team prevails. That feeling you get where you could almost jump out of your skin because it's so amazing.
You might have a particular game in mind. (Duke vs Kentucky 1992 Eastern Regional Final comes to my mind)
That feeling is overwhelming.
And then I thought more about my previous though. "This is heaven"
Really? Heaven? I mean, I'm just watching a silly game that means absolutely nothing in the grand scheme of things. Yeah there is the conference championship. Sure there is the guaranteed play-off spot. But to compare it to heaven??
Then it hit me. If this is how excited I get watching a silly little football game? How excited am I going to be to spend eternity with my God in the REAL HEAVEN? If this feeling of victory is overwhelming, how much more overwhelming will it be when God overcomes and defeats evil forever.
How much will I cheer to see the end of DEATH? PAIN? HURT?
How awesome is it going to be to experience that feeling FOREVER??
Think back to the game that came to your mind earlier. How much more awesome will heaven be than that game?
Share which game came to mind in the comments section below!!