Monday, July 22, 2013

It's Just 40 Days, Right?

40 Days until college football returns to the Promised Land. Just 40 Days.

We've watched the clock tick down from months to weeks to days. And upon us is the 40 Day window. 40 Days makes you realize how close we are to football, but it's also a reminder of how far we have to go.

40 Days is not that long - just a few weeks - but it is long enough to forever alter your view of life. It is long enough for you to wonder if it will ever end, wondering if you really remember what a Saturday feels like, smells like, or even tastes like. And leaves you wondering how tomorrow could be any worse.

Think I'm exaggerating a bit? Think this is just hyperbole? Just ask the following folks what 40 Days feels like, and get back to me:

  • Noah and his family watched it rain for 40 Days, wondering each day if they'd ever see the sun again
  • And once Noah's family finally saw the sun, they waited another 40 Days for the waters to recede, wondering each day if they'd ever see land again
  • Moses spent 40 Days on the mountain, wondering each day if he'd ever come down
  • The Israelites spent 40 Days spying on Canaan and the Promised Land, wondering each day if they'd see their families again
  • Goliath taunted the Israelites for 40 Days, and each day the Israelites shrank in fear, wondering each day if they'd ever smile again
  • The Ninevites asked for forgiveness for 40 Days, wondering each day if it would be enough
  • Jesus fasted for 40 Days in the desert, wondering each day when he would eat again

Just like these guys, we too wonder when the 40 Days will end, when we will see friends and family again. Wondering when we will eat, and when will we come back home. And as we struggle, be reminded of the following:

Noah finally saw the sun, and finally saw land. Moses left the mountain with the 10 Commandments. The Israelites conquered Canaan and entered the Promised Land. Goliath was felled. The Ninevites were spared. And Jesus never sinned and later fed thousands with two simple loafs.

So, while the 40 Day waiting period seems like it may never end, the wait always proves to be worth it. Let their struggles, and ultimate victory, bring encouragement.

For them, the wait only made the victory that much sweeter. For us, may Day 40 prove to be sweeter, and better, than you could ever imagine.

Go Tigers, bring on the Dawgs!

3 comments:

  1. I'm not trying to rush 40 days of my life past me. The 40 day will come and go, and I will have 4o days less of my life. At age 60, I'm not looking to rush out of my life!!!

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    1. As someone who is about to welcome a 3rd child into the world, to me 40 Days represents that season of life where no one sleeps. I'll gladly trade - but only for these 40 days...

      Thanks for swinging by!

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  2. Great post...maybe your next one will come in less than 40 days!

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