“8The Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth. You shall meditate on it day and night so that you will be careful to do according to all that is written in it. Then you shall make your way prosperous. Then you will have success. 9Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened and do not be dismayed. For the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
I was sitting at lunch the other day, watching the Women’s World Cup soccer match between USA and France when I heard a guy at the table next to me begin commenting on the sport as a whole. He and his friend made several comments about the pace, how boring it was and other things that made me realize they were not soccer fans. This is not surprising in this country. But one thing he said stood out to me. “I know that there are rules and lots of strategy behind the game, but to me it just seems like a free-for-all.”
They went on and ate their lunch and we even struck up a bit of a conversation about soccer, rules and how confusing a sport can be if you don’t understand those rules. They left and I finished watching the game. (We won 3-1, Go USA!)
But the comment he made still stuck with me. And it got me thinking, how does my life look to other people. Is it obvious to those who don’t know me very well that there is strategy behind it? Does it seem a free-for all?
“12 It is He who made the earth by His power, who established the world by His wisdom, and by His understanding stretched out the heavens. 13 When He utters His voice, there is a tumult of waters in the heavens, and He makes the mist rise from the ends of the earth. He makes lightning for the rain, and He brings forth the wind from His storehouses.”
— Jeremiah 10:12,13
This gorgeous Friday morning got started out well when I pulled out Pandora and typed in Phil Collins. Hey, when you’re in the mood, you’re in the mood. Here’s a quick recap of a few choice selections by the wonderful music service.
Another Day in Paradise – Phil Collins
No Son of Mine – Genesis
Higher Love – Steve Winwood
In Your Eyes – Peter Gabriel
Groovy Kind of Love – Phil Collins
I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For – U2
Heaven – Bryan Adams
Oh Sherrie – Steve Perry
(I Just) Died In Your Arms – Cutting Crew
Take Me Home – Phil Collins
Every Little Thing She Does is Magic – The Police
Throwing it all Away – Genesis
Needless to say, this was a pretty great morning at work.