I went over to a couple friend of mine’s house to hang out. After visiting and catching up, we ended up playing a board game. It was a game that I had never played before and it asked questions on a variety of subjects that I was not at all familiar with. On their insistence that it was fun, we played. This was not an ordinary game where you have players that give their best effort and whoever performs the best wins, on this game not only did you have to perform well, but you had an opportunity to bet against the success or failure of those you’re playing with.
As we began the game, it was apparent that with question after question I had no idea what most answers were. But you couldn’t just say, “I don’t know”, you HAD to guess which proved to yield some funny and wacky answers from me because I clearly had no clue. After laughing at and even mocking me, my competitors began betting against me on every turn, sure that I would give a wrong answer, and they would gain points. However, somewhere in the middle of the game, something began to happen. In this game if others bet against you and you get it wrong, they get points, but if they bet against you and you get the question right, you get all of their points. The more they bet against me, the more questions I got right.
I started out playing a game that I was totally unfamiliar with and felt inadequate at, with two people who were not only smarter than me when it came to the subject matter, but had played the game before. From the beginning it looked like I was sure to fail so much so that others stacked all the odds against me, literally. But when it was all said and done, much to their shock, I won the whole game.
Even though it was only a game and all in fun, I saw such a parallel to life. How many times does it look to your friends, family, the enemy, or even you that you are down? It may appear that you’ve completely lost and you may even cry out to God to help or to save you before it’s too late, but please hold on. God is setting up a supernatural move in your life. No matter how bad it gets or how low you feel, you may be down at the moment, but you are not out. How you start is not the most important thing, it is how you finish.
As others are betting against you, counting you out, or disregarding your abilities, God is in your corner and putting others in a position where they will be forced to turn their criticism of you into praise.