Last Saturday, I got the opportunity to take in my first live football game of the new season.
Former staff writer Timothy Wyatt was able to get a great deal on some Kentucky Wildcat tickets, and was nice enough to invite me to come along.
Kickoff was set for noon that day, and so we met up at my house around 9:30 a.m. that morning. Once we got to Lexington, we found a big parking lot with a shuttle bus nearby, and arrived at the stadium with about 30 minutes to spare.
This was the first game of the year for the Wildcats, and their first game since their historic year last season. In 2018, they were able to rack up an amazing 10 wins on their way to a Citrus Bowl victory over the Penn State Nittany Lions.
Just to put things into perspective, I am now in my mid 30s, and those 10 wins were the most Kentucky has had for a season in my lifetime. So it has certainly been an exciting time for Wildcat fans.
But even though the temperature was hot last Saturday, Kentucky looked ice cold in the first half of action. They were playing Toledo who is by no means a powerhouse in college football, and thus everyone assumed this would be an easy win for the Big Blue.
But the Rockets would have a 7-0 lead, a 14-7 lead, and a 17-14 lead before Kentucky was finally able to take over and pull away for the 38-24 victory.
Before the Wildcats could escape with the win though, the only thing that was going through my mind was, “This would just be our luck that we would lose to Toledo of all teams right after our historic season last year.”
If you’re a Wildcat football fan, you know what I’m talking about. We are used to having losing seasons, and we are used to losing games in the most painful and the most unbelievable ways possible. So I couldn’t help but just think how it would be our luck to have a loss like that.
But thankfully, we pulled it out and I believe Head Coach Mark Stoops is going to continue improving our program despite the perceived bad luck we have had over the years.
How many times, though, do we suggest that both good things and bad things happen simply because of luck?
If you have a picnic or wedding, we always say we had good luck if it ends up being a nice, sunny day, and we say it’s bad luck if it’s pouring the rain.
At the workplace, we call it good luck if management decides to give us a promotion, but we call it bad luck when that promotion is given to someone else.
If you drove to the beach this past summer, you might have suggested you were lucky if you didn’t run into any traffic jams or road construction along the way. But you also would have said you had bad luck on that route if you ended up being delayed several hours.
Or maybe you’re just like me and believe that if it wasn’t for bad luck, you’d have no luck at all.
To suggest that anything that happens in life is because of luck, though, is to believe that random chance is in control of everything, including yourself.
But the truth is that there is no such thing as luck. There is no such thing as good luck and there is no such thing as bad luck.
Proverbs 16:33 says, “The lot is cast into the lap; but the whole disposing thereof is of the Lord.”
I understand we can’t explain why some people seemingly coast through life with all of the luxuries and not a care in the world. All the while, we struggle to make ends meet, living paycheck to paycheck.
We also can’t understand how someone who is seemingly on their deathbed finds out that their condition has miraculously improved.
But none of that is because of luck.
There is a force in charge, though, and I promise you He’s not called “luck” — he’s called God.
God is the creator of everything which means He is in control of everything.
God is always working things for our good through his grace and majesty.
God is the force behind all the blessings in our lives, and God always works with a purpose.
Nothing in this world is left to chance, or else it would contradict our Lord’s almighty power.
Even in the moments of being in the right place at the right time, or the moments that seem purely coincidental, there is no luck about it. It’s God at work in every detail of our lives and our loved ones’ lives.
So let’s give God, and not luck, the recognition He deserves because all of our blessings come from Him, and He absolutely loves to bless us.