Off The Sidelines

Kirk Cousins going for 2 via Getty Images

Happy Monday!  I hope you had a great weekend!  After yesterday’s Redskins win over the Baltimore Ravens, we are one happy household.  Did you all see the game?!  Let me try to break it down for you:

Washington was down by 8, when all of a sudden, our fabulous quarterback, Robert Griffin III, or RGIII, aka last year’s Heisman trophy winner and the NFL’s 2nd overall draft pick, went down with a knee injury…Uh-Oh! 

In to take his place?  Kirk Cousins.  Another rookie who had only played in one other game this season, and rather than being picked in the first round, Cousins was a 4th-round draft pick. 

Yet, Kirk might have been brought on as RGIII’s understudy for the season, but when his team needed him most, he did not disappoint.  He was ready, throwing an 11-yard touchdown pass, and then running a “quarterback draw” (had to look that term up!) for a 2-point conversion.  Redskins tie the game and head into overtime–HAIL!! 

Needless to say, there was a lot of screaming, yelling, and baby kicks in our little household.

We went into overtime and won with a field goal!  And our first winning streak since 2008 (yes, it’s hard to be a Redskins fan at times) continues…

I love it when the underdog pulls through.  I know when they wheeled out Cousins, there were some nervous, anxious fans, thinking, “He’s not RGIII…we’re toast!”  Even I was thinking it, and I’m pretty Pollyanna when it comes to sports.

Yet, much to everyone’s delight, Cousins, was up to the task.  He might not receive the same praise and accolades as RGIII, but when it mattered most, he was ready!

I wonder if, before giving birth to Jesus, Mary ever felt like the underdog?  Going through life unnoticed, feeling like she wasn’t needed by anyone, sitting on the sidelines and wondering just what in the world she was brought into the world for?   

Until one day, she received the call.  The call indicating that it was time and she was needed to get in the game in a MAJOR way:  

“Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God.You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”
Mary asks the one obvious question any virgin would ask, “Ummm…how exactly is this going to work?”  
She receives her answer and she’s up for the challenge.  She’s ready to step up and assume the role she was made for:
“I am the Lord’s servant…May your word to me be fulfilled.”
And just like that, sweet, humble, highly favored Mary was up to the challenge, off the sidelines, and ready for the role of a lifetime!   

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