“What an amazing comeback!” The other guy bobs his head in agreement.
“It’s unbelievable!” he says, “Since the beginning of this second half, these guys don’t even look like the same team!”
I wonder what happened during halftime.
For me, halftime is a good time to grab a snack or hit the restroom. But for the players, it’s a vital part of the game. I’m no football expert, but I’ll bet I know what happened in that locker room during halftime. Those weary players took a much-needed break and reevaluated their game plan. They knew major changes must be made to regain control of this game. Maybe they went into halftime struggling, but they came out with new strategies and strength.
I smile at my football-fanatic husband, now inching toward the edge of our sofa. He’s thrilled. Ever since the big turn-around at halftime, his team is winning.
It reminds me of another amazing turn-around I once witnessed. But that turn-around didn’t happen at a football game. It happened to my husband.
Curt and I met in our early twenties. He had grown up in a Christian home, but despite his mother’s relentless prayers, wasn’t living his life like a Christian.
A few years after we were married, major changes started taking place. I couldn’t see it at the time, but God was working on his heart and creating a new plan for his life. It was halftime.
After halftime, my husband seemed like a different person. He didn’t talk the same. He didn’t act the same. He didn’t live the same. And watching his life inspired me to make changes of my own.
Football games are not won in the first half. It’s what happens in the second half that really counts.
Maybe you’ve been praying for someone who needs a new game plan for their life. A friend. A child. A husband. You might wonder if your prayers will ever be answered. Don’t give up. God hears your prayers.
We can’t see what’s happening in the locker room during halftime. And we can’t see what God is doing in someone else’s heart. Remember: the outcome of the game is yet to be decided. Don’t lose hope. It just might be halftime.