Weekly bulletin article by Mike Johnson

The game was over! Very few people could visualize a way they could come back and win. Crimson Tide fans were sad. Tiger fans were ecstatic! Death Valley had claimed another victim. After all, under current head coach Les Miles, the LSU Tigers were 46-3 in home games on Saturday nights. LSU lined up to kick the ball to Alabama leading 13-10 with :50 seconds left in the game. Alabama had no timeouts left.

All LSU had to do was kick the ball deep, tackle the runner, and make Alabama drive the length of the field to score and tie the game. Confidently, the kicker advanced on the ball. He kicked the ball but…he kicked it out of bounds! That is one of the worst things he could do! Now, Alabama had the ball at the 35-yard line needing only about 30 yards to have a chance to tie the game with a field goal.

Masterfully, Alabama orchestrated a drive that led to a short field goal with no time left on the clock! A stunned LSU crowd then watched as Alabama scored a touchdown in the overtime period. Now, their team needed to do the same to send the game into a second overtime. But, they failed! The ecstasy that had filled the stadium a mere few minutes earlier was now devastating silence.

Paul wrote these words to the Corinthians. “We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed…” (II Corinthians 4:8-9) Paul spoke in behalf of all those who were being persecuted for their faith.

Then, he wrote, “…we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day.” (II Corinthians 4:16) Just like the Alabama football team, those early Christians had a deep reserve in their hearts that drove them forward through seemingly insurmountable odds. We can learn to do the same.