Last night more orange and crimson could be seen across Boone Pickens Stadium than a forest in autumn.
It was Bedlam 2015.
Bedlam refers to the athletics rivalry between the University of Oklahoma Sooners and the Oklahoma State University Cowboys of the Big 12 Conference.
Who were you cheering for?
The stadium was filled to capacity that cold and wet evening. But the weather didn’t deter the enthusiasm of the diehard Oklahoma and Oklahoma State fans. And if you weren’t there live watching from the stadium, I’m sure you were one of the many fans gathered across the state and elsewhere in the comforts of a heated establishment watching it televised, rallying for your favorite team. Your Alma Mater.
I know I was. 🙂 I was sporting my OSU orange.
But, it wasn’t the year for orange. 😦
OU walked away victorious.
They never let poor Rudolph
join in any reindeer games. 😦
But that’s okay. It’s just a game. Fun to watch. My state is still a winner either way. May the best team win!
The last Bedlam game I attended there in Stillwater was in the late ’70s, as a student. I remember it well. I can’t imagine the bedlam in Stillwater last night. With the crowds of fans, both young and old, some a little more rowdy than others, I’m sure.
You know bedlam is actually defined as a very noisy and confused state or scene. I’m sure that was putting it mildly on a college campus. That particular campus last night.
You know me, how my mind works. The wheels are spinning. Thinking back to another time of bedlam.
Can you imagine the bedlam in Bethlehem when Joseph and Mary appeared soon to be delivering child with no place to stay?
And not just any child, I might add.
Do you suppose young Mary, in between her labor pains, was feeling a little confused by the scene of delivering her child in a stable, amongst animals? That’s where her bedlam was replaced by her faith. Faith in her God. Who had sent an angel to tell her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”
Mary had faith.
Many of us too, have faith. Faith in something. Whether it be in the Cowboys or the Sooners, I urge you to grow your faith bigger than just what can be seen with the naked eye.
Have faith in Jesus. After all, He is the reason for the season. He will bring peace to your bedlam. Now go enjoy your holiday bowl games, but look beyond to the battle that’s already been won and offers you eternity. Jesus is your true champion.
4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David.5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
Love and laughter,