If you watched the end of the Pittsburgh Steelers vs Miami Dolphins game you will know that there was a little bit of confusion that needed to be sorted out. Basically the Steelers scored a touchdown, but because of an apparent fumble before the runner crossed the goal line, Miami challenged the ruling on the field. They won the challenge, but still lost the challenge. Confused? Here’s the explanation from the official:
“Naturally the ruling on the field was a touchdown by Pittsburgh. After review it was confirmed in replay that the ball did come loose and it was a fumble prior to the ball breaking the goal line. That’s where we go into the second aspect of that. In order to overturn this and give another team the football, I have to have clear video evidence of the team recovering the fumble. … That is what I explained. We did have a fumble, but we did not have video evidence and a confirmation on who recovered the football so we changed an aspect of the play by not awarding Pittsburgh the touchdown. Miami is not charged a time out because we changed an aspect of that play, but we could not award the defense in this situation the football because we don’t have video evidence of the defense recovering the ball.”
Still confused? I completely understand.
Isn’t that how life can be sometimes? Just when you think you’ve got it all figured out, something goes wrong. As soon as you learn to hit the fastballs, life goes and throws you a curve ball. Learn to swim, then the waves come crashing down. You learn to walk, and an earthquake takes over your life. This could apply to any area of your life. Could be with your husband or wife, your kids, your job, your education, your dreams, your goals, your finances, your future, etc. If you are breathing right now… you have probably experienced something at some time that would leave you scratching your head and wondering what in the world just happened.
In life… when you get confused, let me encourage you to turn your confusion over to God. Check out these verses:
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change and though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea; though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains quake at its swelling pride. The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our stronghold. Psalm 46:1-3,7
These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world. John 16:33
Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart. Ps 37:4
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7
For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace. 1 Corinthians 14:33a
Don’t let a confusing time of your life ruin your whole season, or even worse… your whole career. Sometimes the ball bounces your way, sometimes it doesn’t. Sometimes the people around us see things the same way we do, sometimes they don’t. Sometimes our kids are great, sometimes they’re not. Sometimes the teens in our youth group are on fire for God, sometimes they’re not. Sometimes I understand life, sometimes I don’t.
If you get confused about things… don’t feel bad and think you’re the only one without a clue. It’s normal. Just continue to put your trust in God and He will show you over time why He has allowed certain things to happen.
For both sets of fans yesterday, the emotions went from one extreme to the other in a matter of seconds. Next time that happens to you, don’t put your fate in the hands of a replay official. Put your trust and your delight in God. Trust His decision, and rejoice in the outcome, no matter what.