Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can’t Lose

Friday. Night. Lights.  Those who watch, you know, this is one of the best television shows ever made.  Those who aren’t on board yet, you are missing out.  If you’ve spoken to me in the past year, chances are I’ve encouraged you to take the leap.  But I always caution it will take the first 3 episodes to get hooked.

At the risk of totally embarrassing myself, I will admit to bloggy land, that this show made quite an impression on me.  If you think it’s all about football, you’re wrong.  What I love most about it is the rich character development in all of the characters, not just the football team, but the families and community surrounding the team.

The show won me over and I fully embraced the entire town of Dillon, Texas.  I laughed, I cried, and I found myself wondering throughout the day what was going to happen next, or how they were feeling…at times I forgot it was just a TV show.  

Sadly, Tuesday night, Bernie and I finished the fifth and final season.  Believe it or not, I was a tad overly emotional about the conclusion of the greatest show ever made.  How could I move on with my life without Friday night football in Dillon, Texas?? 

I think what I love most is the way the show makes the viewer feel like they’re a part of it.  Each character is faced with their own set of problems, and throughout the series, I wanted so badly for each one to succeed–on the field, in school, with the scholarship, in spite of their health, in their marriage, with their jobs, with their family, etc…no matter what character it was, I was routing for them. 

So Tuesday, as I said goodbye (who am I kidding, I’m totally watching the whole thing again one day) I let the characters go and just have to wonder how they’ll make it in land of canceled television shows.

That’s when I realized that similarly, we have a God who is watching us, routing for us, and wanting us to succeed.  He cries when we cry and rejoices when rejoice.  But even better than a stupid TV show, He is near.  He can intervene.  He equips and supports us.  He acts on behalf of those who love him.  And with God, the show never ends.  He will not leave us and He will never forsake us.  With God, our channel is on 24-hours a day–He never turns us off, He never changes the channel; He is our biggest fan.    

“Indeed, he who watches over Israel
   will neither slumber nor sleep.
 The LORD watches over you—
   the LORD is your shade at your right hand;
the sun will not harm you by day,
   nor the moon by night…
the LORD will watch over your coming and going
   both now and forevermore.
Psalm 121:4-6, 8
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