I graduated from one of the largest schools in Oklahoma with one of the best football teams in Oklahoma. In fact, in 2003 my class of Union Redskins won state. I was a cheerleader from 6th grade up until my junior year so I have been to countless football games, but the one that I will always remember was the Backyard Bowl in 2000 when the Union Redskins played the Jenks Trojans… who happened to be our biggest rivalry. Union and Jenks were featured on ESPN on a special about the best high school rivalries in the country, so anytime these two schools play it’s a big deal.
I was 15 and so excited to be performing at half time in front of 31,000 people. We were up at the half and stayed up by 17 points all the way into the third quarter. We thought we had the game in the bag, so much so we loaded the bus before the 4th quarter ended. I will never forget sitting there, waiting to leave and hearing on the radio that with 2 minutes left to play we had given up the lead! The bus got quiet. A few seconds earlier we were all cheering and laughing and excited about the win and now you could hear a pin drop on the bus full of 10th grade girls. It was not looking good and then with just 21 seconds left we scored again! We were up 37-34! We were all screaming and hugging and going nuts. But wait. What was the the announcer on the radio getting so excited about? We got quiet enough to hear, “Jones is at the 50… the 40… the 30… the 20… the 10…. TOUCHDOWN!!!!” Kejuan Jones had silenced our whole bus and every Redskin fan in the stadium. 80 yards, 21 seconds, and his 5th touchdown of the night gave our dreaded rivals the win. We couldn’t believe it. We made the ride back to the high school and no one said a word. No one was shouting anymore. That had to have been the most exciting 4th quarter in high school football ever. If you were living in Tulsa you probably remember where you were and what you were doing when Kejuan became a local legend.
This morning I was studying the word shout and thinking about why people shout unto the Lord. It’s not because He can’t hear. It’s not because it fills a moment at church between the time when praise and worship ends and the preaching begins. We shout because He’s good!
I was on the bus that night lifting up a shout because our quarterback was good! He had given us the lead again! He couldn’t hear me all the way out in the parking lot, but that didn’t matter. I was just excited about the good play, so excited I had to shout. But when our defense didn’t play good, I stopped shouting.
I love these verses in 2 Chronicles 5:13-14,
….and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music, and praised the Lord, saying:
“For He is good,
For His mercy endures forever,”
that the house, the house of the Lord, was filled with a cloud, so that the priests could not continue ministering because of the cloud; for the glory of the Lord filled the house of God.
The priests were moving the arc into the temple and shouting about the goodness of God and filling the temple with His glory!
I think sometimes we get on this roller coaster of highs and lows with God. One quarter we are feeling great, the score board says we are winning so we shout and we talk about how good God is all of the time, and then the next quarter things seem to start unraveling so we get quiet, and then things turn around and we are back in the lead so we start shouting again. We go back and forth between shouting and riding home in silence all based on our circumstances. I am so thankful that the goodness of God is not based on our circumstances.
The devil loves when He succeeds in silencing our shouts, just like I’m sure Mr. Jones loved silencing all of the Redskin fans watching the game that night. Satan hates hearing about how good God is, so he tries to get you to shut up about it. He knows that when we shout about God’s goodness that it fills the atmosphere with the Glory of God. Realize that even if you aren’t having your best day, God is still good and always will be good so you have something to shout about!
We are always on the winning team. We never have to ride home defeated and in silence. Next time your Pastor says, “let’s give the Lord a shout offering” or “let’s lift up a shout of praise” and you can’t think of anything to shout, just remember that “God you are good!” will always work in that situation, because no matter how you feel He is always good!
- God is good all the time!
- We always have something to shout about.
- When we lift our voices and praise the Lord the atmosphere is filled with His glory!
- God’s goodness is not based on my circumstances.
- I am always on the winning team… even if sometimes it seems like I’ve lost the lead.
- High school football!
- Josh took the day off!!!
- Breakfast at Ihop. The kids were thrilled.
- Beau quoting Rapunzel while she was eating her pancakes, “Best day ever!”
- Thanks to Josh my kitchen sink no longer smells of death.
- Thanks to Josh light bulbs to high for me to replace have been replaced.
- Got a beautiful new purse from Fossil, the nicest I’ve ever owned, thanks to my sister Mindy and the purses she gave me to sell on ebay.
- The employees at Fossil are SO SO nice!
- We got to invite a guy who just moved to Frisco to church.
- Got Beau a big butterfly mirror for her room and since it had a tiny scratch on it they gave us 30% off.
- $10 back on my check card thanks to price adjustments at the Gap.
- Gus got his first pair of cleats today!
- Hungry for pizza so we decided to try a new place, Chicago’s Gourmet Pizza, and it was really good!
- As soon as we walked in the door Gus took off his jeans and shoes and changed into his new cleats and football shorts so he could practice.
- I worked on my blog and watched Josh and the kids play outside together.
- Blowing dandelions with Beau for the first time.
- Date night at the movies with my husband!
- Reeses Pieces.
- The best baby sitter ever!
- The sun comes up later now… a nice feature when your children wake up with the sun.
- My new purse has so many compartments and so much space. I feel so organized!
- Getting into a super comfy bed after a nice hot shower.