For the last seven months deflated footballs have been the ongoing topic of discussion in Boston. Did the Patriots knowingly take air out of the footballs? Did Tom Brady have anything to do with it? Did the footballs impact the outcome of the AFC Championship game? Does this matter?
Well, it must matter because we are talking about it. Think of all the rumblings about these footballs and how in the grand scheme of things they have done no harm. No one was physically harmed because the footballs had too little air, a bomb was not dropped do to these footballs, the next day of my life was not changed; yet we are still talking about these deflated footballs because people care.
We continually talk about things we care about. As Christians, we talk about Jesus centuries later, because we care. The rumblings after Jesus healed the man who was deaf and could hardly talk were even greater than the rumblings of the deflated footballs. After the man’s “ears were opened, his tongue was loosened and he began to speak plainly. Jesus commanded them not to tell anyone. But the more he did so, the more they kept talking about it. People were overwhelmed with amazement” (Mark 7:35-37). The people continued to talk! They tuned into every little detail looking for more answers because they cared.
So what are do you care about? What is captivating your attention? What stirs the rumblings in your heart and mind? What can you not get enough of? Whatever it is that you care so deeply about, take a moment and see where God might be. Who would have thought deflated footballs would bring my attention back to Christ? Only God. God is everywhere and in everything we care about -- we just have to stop and take notice.