As the calendar turned to October, the quality of games in college football ramped up dramatically. This past Saturday, there were numerous matchups of great significance—and with even more significant results. Florida upset #4 LSU, West Virginia beat Texas, and, in the day’s biggest upset, North Carolina State toppled #3 Florida State. It was a day of big games being played for big stakes, in which much of the day felt more like bowl season than the first Saturday in October. With such an entertaining day of college football, it made me wonder what will come next. Who will be the next top team to be upset? Who will be the next team to stake their claim on the top ten? How will the conference races shake out in November and December when we have games like this in October? It certainly creates a sense of mystery about this week and the weeks to follow—and that’s one of the things that makes college football so much fun!
Mystery is also a part of the walk of faith. We live our lives without all the answers, but, as followers of Christ, with confidence that our God does have all the answers. He has full and perfect understanding and that can help us to engage life meaningfully. Paul wrote, “For we walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Cor. 5:7), and that calls us to remember that we are dependent upon the God who knows all the answers. For us, it can be challenging. After all, “faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Heb. 11:1). We want to see, but much of the time we need to trust the One who sees and knows with perfect understanding. That is what faith is all about.
As we learn to trust Him and rest in His wisdom, the questions about what’s next will always be in good hands—His, not ours.
Bill Crowder, Sports Spectrum Chaplain