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img_0254Tomorrow evening many will watch the greatest game of the Football season as Super Bowl 51 kicks off in Houston Texas. I have loved the game of football since my friend’s family invited me to a Kansas City Chief’s game years ago when I was in Junior High.  Before life with my own family was so busy, I enjoyed playing fantasy football.  Then I thoroughly enjoyed watching my son play the game in high school.

You may not be a football fan, but this game gives me so many spiritual analogies, that I just can’t miss the chance each year to write one. This year I chose a less obvious topic than last year’s “Contend and Defend”.

“Find the Seam” is a term that references a receiver who has the ability to find the gaps or opening in the zone defense. A smart offense will run route combinations that are difficult for the defense to cover.

I recently posted the below picture on my Secret Place Revelation Facebook page.


After posting it, I just couldn’t get the image of that lock holding that door shut off my mind. I guess I have always operated under the assumption that God opens doors of opportunities in my life, and closes doors where protection is needed.  I do believe that this happens in the life of a Christian, but I recently began to ponder the possibility that perhaps the enemy wants to close doors to prevent us from walking into our destiny.

To say this in my football analogy, the zone defense is closing all the seams and the receiver cannot find the opening to make the forward momentum toward the goal line! This thought made me take a step back and consider the possibility that I didn’t win because I let my opponent out play me!

Tomorrow when Brady faces off against Ryan, they each will look for the receiver who can find the seam. If the defense closes in, they will look for a different opening.

I can tell you for me personally, I plan to look at open and closed doors differently in my future. While there may be times I must trust God’s sovereignty, I am not going to sit back idly and see if an opening appears, I am going to scout my opponent’s defense and make sure he isn’t just blocking my progress.