As a kid playing sports I depended a lot on the Almighty. I knew the Lord’s Prayer, or as we called it the “Our Father” which when I prayed I intoned the words “thy will be done.” But what I really meant by that was that His will should be done only when it coincided with my will.
When playing in a sporting event, especially baseball, I would often call upon God’s assistance by making the sign of the cross and then asking Him to exercise his will in my favor when I went up to bat. I didn’t want to strike which I had a propensity to do. I hoped He saw to it that I got a hit or at least a walk. The same thing was when playing the outfield I asked Him to help me make a catch of a ball hit out to me. I hard a particularly hard time of doing that. I just thought I was plainly incompetent.
When I went into the Marines to become a pilot I was rejected because it was discovered that I have no depth perception. It was believed that was necessary for a pilot to properly land an airplane especially if one was to fly a jet to land it onto an aircraft carrier which Marine pilots must be capable of doing that one put his wheels on the deck and not in the brink. Looking back I wondered if my inability to be a marginally competent outfielder was affected by that deficiency.
I also in review considered that when we were playing in the CYO league the pitcher on the other side or the batter who hit the fly ball had also called upon Him for assistance. I’d wonder how was it God made the decision who best to help. Was it the one who sinned the least? Or, did God not take sides and let things just work themselves out. Being omniscient God already knew the outcome; being omnipotent He had the power to bring about the result that he knew was foretold.
I thought of that after watching the Clemson thumping of Alabama (Someone wrote to here to say Clemson wasn’t good this year because the ACC was weak. Is he now saying BC is better than Alabama. It only lost to Clemson by 20 points compared to Alabama’s 28?) The coach of the Clemson team, Dabo Swinney, after the game in an on-the-field interview said the win was a blessing and it was because “the grace of the good Lord to allow” the team to be in the position to win. He went on to say they are the first 15 and 0 team in college history and “all the glory goes to the good Lord.”
If Swinney was thanking “the good Lord” for bestowing his beneficence on Clemson. I wondered what Alabama had done for Him to withhold them from it. I wondered if the Alabama coach, Nick Saban, would say anything about the lack of Divine intervention. He didn’t. He said one game doesn’t define a team and noted he was proud of his boys but he obviously was very down.
I had to wonder why it was that God favored Clemson over Alabama. At first I thought that it was because Alabama voted for Trump then discarded that idea because South Carolina also did plus God allowed Alabama to win last year. I concluded that God was either indifferent to who won, or better, He decided in the interest of fairness because Alabama won last year He’d help Clemson this year.
I suppose it is something we will never be able to give an answer to because we really are only guessing at the ways of the Almighty. And you have to do that when you realize that He gave thumbs up to Trump being elected.