Game. Set. Match.
By Alecia Simersky
I love music. One of my favorite songs is by Christian music artist, Danny Gokey, The Comeback.
“After a season of night falls and push backs
After the heartache of wrong turns and sidetracks
Just when they think they've got you game set match
Here comes the comeback.”
Don’t we all go through seasons where we think the dark is winning?
(When you are barely making ends meet and then the car breaks down. A best friend betrays your deepest trust. Your child walks away from the faith you invested years to pass along.)
Sometimes when we look ahead we can see just enough light to keep moving forward.
For me, music, scripture, and friends are the life lines that keep me going when I’m in a season of night-falls and push-backs. They are like fresh air breathing through my spirit.
I’ve learned despite what the enemy throws at me, I can’t lose my hope or faith. Is it easy? No. But if we have our life lines they will keep guiding us towards higher ground and we won’t sink with each new storm.
We also have this promise found in Psalms 61:2, “From the end of the earth I call to You when my heart is faint; Lead me to a rock that is higher than I.”
Our sweet Father promises to hear us when we cry out to Him.
On days when I feel overwhelmed I’ll repeat the phrase, lead me to a rock that is higher than I, over and over until my thoughts are not on what is happening, but on what my God can and will do. My breathing slows, and my anxious thoughts settle into peace. God is in control and whatever will be, will be. I don’t have to worry or spin out of control.
My God is in control.
It’s only when we put our faith into practice are we able to navigate the seasons of disappointments and heartaches.
The enemy thinks he has us, game set match. Oh, he’s a sly one alright. With each setback, he’s wringing his hands in anticipation of us giving up. Can’t you see him? Prowling around, licking his lips, so proud in his thoughts of taking out another one of God’s children.
But, wait. What’s this? No!he growls.
He sees you wipe away the tears and slowly lift your hands in praise. Bowing your head in prayer declaring, God is good! No matter what, He is good, and I will not be overtaken. I will not give up! I trust you, Lord!!
It hits the enemy every time. He may throw a few more punches, just to see if you mean it. Satan can’t overcome a child who is determined to stick with God through a storm.
He decides to move on. He’ll be back though, He always comes back. Determined and persistent to destroy everyone God loves.
But, you’ll be ready, because you have everything you need to be a conqueror.
(What the enemy means for evil, God will use for good. (Genesis 50:20))
Sweet friends, when you feel the enemy has called, game set match on your life, I want you to remember your life lines. Find what connects you to God: journaling, reading scripture, meeting friends for coffee…and watch God move your heart to a rock that is higher than your storm.
Your comeback is coming and it’s going to be glorious!
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