GET OUT OF BOUNDS! STOP THE CLOCK!
John 12:36. “While you have the Light, believe in the Light, so that you may become sons of the Light.”
The crisp cool weather of a Midwest autumn ushers in football season. Who doesn’t like to bundle up in their favorite teams colors and join friends and classmates at the high school stadium? The steady cadence of the snare drums and marching band just makes your blood start pumping and the thrill of seeing the team stampede onto the field brings a huge rush.
I love this time of year, but I have a confession to make. Even after fifteen years of sitting in the stands watching you three “Boys of Fall” run, catch, and tackle, I still do not completely get the game. I am not one of “those knowledgable moms” who seems to understand every play and nuance of the game. In fact, there are times that the play is over before I have even figured out which red-helmeted player is my son.
At a recent game Dad, much to my surprise, was screaming to the running back to get out of bounds. I wondered aloud why anyone would want to get out of bounds. Without taking his eyes from the action Dad explained that the clock stops when the player goes out of bounds and this gives more time to make a plan for a touchdown. Hmm! I never thought of that.
While running out of bounds on a football field may stop the clock, it doesn’t work like that in real life. The hands of time tirelessly travel around the clock without pausing for a moment. That is why it is imperative to consider the important things in life now while there is still time.
Jesus was telling His followers that He would soon be leaving them. The time of His death was near. The people were confused and answered, “We have heard the Christ is to remain forever.” Jesus responded that His light would only be with them for a little longer. “While you have the Light, believe in the Light, so that you may become sons of the Light.” The time for them to make their decision concerning God’s Light was right then – the sand in the hourglass was running down. The clock could not be stopped.
The same is true for us today. The time to believe and follow Christ is now because we are not guaranteed tomorrow. The time to appreciate and love our family and friends is today because next week may never come. And the time to make wise decisions is immediate because the consequences of bad ones cannot be put on pause. Nothing stops when you run out of bounds here!
All the same, tonight, in a tense football moment, I may join the other more “knowledgable moms” screaming, “Get out of bounds!” But more importantly as every wise mama would also say, “Make the right decisions today because in the game of life there is no stopping the clock.”