In one of my all-time favorite movies, Good Will Hunting, there is a scene where Sean (Robin Williams) tells Will (Matt Damon) a story about how he missed game 6 of the 1975 World Series because he "had to go see about a girl." I always laughed at that thinking nobody in their right mind would miss a sporting event of that magnitude for a chick.
I stopped dead in my tracks in the middle of the concourse of Alltel Stadium as I pondered what to do. I didn't realize it up until that moment but I still loved that girl, bad doctrine and all. God help me, I love her. There was no way I was going to enjoy the rest of that game knowing that she was all alone in a state of despair. I turned around and ran towards the exit, ignoring the police officer who warned me that once I leave I won't be allowed back inside. The metal detectors went off signalling the finality of my decision. I raced back to the parking lot where she was sitting in the car sobbing. I took her back to the hotel and we watched the rest of the game on TV.
It started to sink in later that night what I had just done. I had just walked out of the biggest sporting event in the history of western civilization to take care of the girl that I love. I didn't tell her that God had sovereignly decreed that an evil, worthless, waste-of-life thief would come in and foil our plans that night (Gen. 50:20). I just held her and tried to comfort her in the midst of her sorrow. We didn't tell anyone else what happened that night either. When the others started showing up back at the hotel we acted like we had just arrived as well. There was no need to ruin anyone else's night. Now the only ones who know are those who have stumbled across this blog entry.
So that's my Super Bowl story. I spent $500 for the chance to see three minutes of the Super Bowl and a nice seat cushion. Now if only God would straighten out her doctrine it would make my next decision much easier. But there I go again, assuming to know too much about what God's plan is for my life. Better to just stick with JE's 57th.