A glimpse of heaven in a soc­cer game

Calhoun Times - - RELIGION - Randy Muse

it didn’t in Cal­houn/ Gor­don County. It wasn’t un­til my se­nior year of high school that Gor­don Cen­tral ac­tu­ally had a soc­cer team. At the time, I had plans to be­come a phys­i­cal ther­a­pist. Dur­ing soc­cer sea­son, I vol­un­teered as an as­sis­tant to the school’s med­i­cal trainer. I at­tended sev­eral prac­tices and games, not be­cause I liked soc­cer, but I loved what I was do­ing and had friends on the team.

Man how things have changed. Now you can go to the soc­cer fields on Satur­days and there will be hun­dreds of kids play­ing in rec league. They have pre- school age teams, and reach all the way to ado­les­cents. It has be­come a great sport among all our mid­dle and high schools. I have had sev­eral stu­dents from my youth group play over the years. So I guess you can say that soc­cer has found a place in my heart.

How­ever, t he thought of miss­ing church to go to a game would NEVER have crossed my mind. Just so hap­pens one of my friends had tick­ets and I went with him. I don’t know that I cared as much about go­ing to see the game, as I did go­ing to see “The Benz”. The Benz is the Mercedes Benz Dome. It was re­mark­able.

While we were at the game, you couldn’t help but no­tice a large group of fans. They were in the Sup­porter’s Sec­tion. It’s a lot like the stu­dent sec­tion in school games. For ninety min­utes, they were play­ing drums, singing and chant­ing, and wav­ing lots of flags. They were so loud, and hav­ing a great time. Th­ese fans were the At­lanta Un­tied sup­port­ers groups: Ter­mi­nus Le­gion, Resur­gence, Footie Mob, and The Fac­tion. Th­ese fans pri­mar­ily They were four dif­fer­ent groups with one UNITED pur­pose… to sup­port the ATLUTD soc­cer team.

For a moment, I think God gave me some in­sight as to what Heaven was go­ing to be like. It brought to my mind what God showed John in Revelation 7: 912, where we read… “After th­ese things I looked, and be­hold, a great mul­ti­tude which no one could num­ber, of all na­tions, tribes, peo­ples, and tongues, stand­ing be­fore the throne and be­fore the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and cry­ing out with a loud voice, say­ing, “Sal­va­tion be­longs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!” All the an­gels stood around the throne and the el­ders and the four liv­ing crea­tures, and fell on their faces be­fore the throne and wor­shiped God, say­ing: “Amen! Bless­ing and glory and wis­dom, Thanks­giv­ing and honor and power and might, Be to our God for­ever and ever. Amen.”

I be­lieve it was a di­vine ap­point­ment that God gave me to go to “The Benz” and get a very small glimpse of what Heaven will be like. I can’t wait, and I hope that you’ve “got your ticket” to go with me. Je­sus is the only way to Heaven. Be Blessed.

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