I have a friend that likes to make wagers with me. It is an interesting process. For him, the foundation is always the same – emotion. He believes. His desire and hope for the positive outcome of his belief translates into blind faith. He knows what is going to happen! Odds do not matter. Trends can be ignored. Even the views of experts can be put to the side. His heart’s hopes are real.
So far, he is 1 for 8. Even in the one win, the odds were at least 30 to 1 against him. The latest wager was on his footy team. Needless to say, he lost. I wish I could say that the win on my part was because of my effort, insight, and wisdom. I know little to nothing about the rules of this game. While I enjoy watching it, I really do not understand the nuances of the game or how to judge the performance other than by the score. My rationale for taking the wager was his track record as well as the commentary by a neutral observer.
For a few days I was not sure I was going to win. The first of the three games in play gave me confidence. His team lost by fifty plus points. The second game, again a fifty plus point loss! Last night’s game was the closest, but by then it did not matter if they won or lost. I had won!
I found myself reveling in the anticipation. David’s words playing out in great fun; “When you win, we plan to raise the roof and lead the parade with our banners. May all your wishes come true!” (Psalm 20.5) It is good to celebrate the small things in life, especially when it is a treat.
I do not know when he will pay up but I know it is coming. I am reveling in the anticipation, looking to the day. Life is full of anticipation. Remembering and looking forward, even when it requires patience, can be a process filled with hope and fun.