Well, it finally happened. After 108 years, since their last World Series Championship back in 1908, repeating the success of 1907, the Cubs have finally, once again, won the World Series in the best game that I have ever watched. In fact, my brother, Doug, and I attended the game they played in Chicago last Saturday evening – it was the first World Series game either of us have ever attended and it was awesome. Had our father still been alive, I am sure that he would have loved the experience as well – having been a lifelong Cubs fan himself.
Something about attending just felt right. In a way, it was almost like being on sacred ground. People in the streets were hugging one another and I can’t help but believe that it was the kind of environment that God loves. There weren’t any street fights or pushing and shoving – everybody just getting along, daring to hope that this may just be the year that the Cubs prevail and go all the way. It was quite unusual and the atmosphere permeated the entire city…
Make no mistake – it’s been a very long journey. In fact, during my father’s entire life, the Cubs never won the World Series. I am not alone. Hundreds of thousands of fans can make the same claim. For many of us, this was an emotional series. We have laughed, cried and experienced every imaginable emotion hoping the Cubs will finally win. And yet, for 108 years, it was not to be.
And you know what? Even if the Cubs had not won last night, the fans would keep on believing, hoping that a title was just around the corner next year. Dubbed “the lovable losers”, some folks thought that a win would ruin the mystery of the Cubs and a title. I don’t believe it… I think the city will pursue another victory next year. And the passion for the team will continue, just as it has for decades. Of course, we may pick up additional fans along the way.
The thing to understand here is that this whole journey has been about believing – and hoping that some day our deepest desire for victory will finally be fulfilled. But we can’t control the timing. And that’s the part that really eludes us – it’s the part that the media has focused on – 108 years without a title. The longest drought in any major sport – and yet the fans just keep on believing…
That’s the way our faith lives should be. We should continue to pray – realizing that the things we desire, if in alignment with the will of God, will finally, some day, be granted. We have that assurance from God. Our verse for this evening is from the apostle Paul and comes from his second letter to the church at Corinth. Paul tells us the words of God, reminding us in 2 Corinthians 6:2 “For he says, “In the time of my favor I heard you, and in the day of salvation I helped you.” I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.” That’s the way it is – things happen in God’s timing and not ours.
No matter how desperately we want something to happen, there are things that are beyond our control – but continuing to pray and to believe are vital to eventual success. That’s what happened last night. People finally realized their dreams. It was a 108 year object lesson in patience. My encouragement this evening is that God wants us to have faith and to believe. My prayer is that you won’t lose hope that the fondest desires of your heart will eventually come to pass – as long as they are in alignment with the will of God. So, keep the faith – the seemingly impossible can become possible. Just ask the Cubs! Have a great day in the Lord, grace and peace…
Great blog. IT is true, we do have to keep on believing. The great news is, we have confidence in what we believe because we KNOW Christ died for us, we KNOW HE lives in us and is working in us
thanks much. I wish I would have watched the game.