A Long-awaited Win
I love sports. My favorite is football, but I love any rivalry. I love seeing an underdog beat a top team. I love seeing history made. I love seeing any game that brings excitement.
If you don’t care about sports or if you have been living under a rock (or maybe you don’t live in the states) then you might not have heard that the Chicago Cubs won the World Series. I will admit that I didn’t watch the whole game. After my Moms in the Making group, I turned it on, but my body couldn’t handle a late night so I chose to head to bed instead. The next morning, I saw that the Cubs won. I got to watch the highlights on ESPN (sometimes that seems so much more efficient) and was overcome with emotion.
If the past determines the future, then there was no way the Cubs were going to win. Not only had it been 108 years since they last won a world series, but they were down 3-1 in the series.
A 108 year drought. Down 3-1. Impossible circumstances.
They made history, breaking their 108 year streak as well as becoming the 6th team to ever come back from a 3-1 deficit in a world series game.
I don’t know much about the history of the Cubs or the journey over the years, but I do know 108 years is a really, really, really long time to wait. It’s probably safe to assume that they have faced much disappointment and frustration along the way.
I also believe that there was something so prophetic about their win on Wednesday night. Did you see how they celebrated? History was made. Fans were going crazy. The elation on their faces was worth the wait. This finally received their long-awaited win.
Can you imagine the joy when you win the “world series”? Or in other words, can you imagine the celebration when you receive victory after such a long drought?
Maybe you have been praying, believing, contending and crying. You might be very frustrated and weary. Maybe the circumstances you are up against are impossible. But you will break through. History will be made. Your fans will be celebrating with you. Those who don’t even know you might even talk about it too. It’s important that you don’t give up now, but that you remain steadfast as you wait patiently and confidently.
“We were given this hope when we were saved. If we already have something, we don’t need to hope for it. But if we look forward to something we don’t yet have, we must wait patiently and confidently.” Romans 8:24-25, NLT
Here is an excerpt from my book on this very topic, “Your wait is the same way; as you wait for your breakthrough, joy and expectancy are gaining traction. Even though you are probably more than ready for your wait to be over — because I know I am for mine — the joy that will burst forth when your wait does come to an end will be worth it. It’s not only going to impact your life, but also the lives around you. For now, make every effort to demonstrate patience and confidence as you put your hope and trust in Jesus.”
Don’t give up now. Trust that there will be celebration on the other side of your long and exhausting wait. Just like for the Cubs, the victory will be much sweeter because of the long wait and hard process you had to face. Seek patience and confidence as you put your hope and trust in Jesus and fully expect he will break through for you.
A friend sent me this video yesterday, the day after the Cubs won and the day after I posted, “Shout for Joy, O Barren One.” I thought it was so powerful to share today too. It’s only five minutes, and I promise it will bless you. You, like the Cubs, and like Charlotte Gambill, might be on the long way around, but don’t give up now. You are gaining traction for your breakthrough and you better believe that there will be great celebration when your miracle comes.
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