It definitely wasn’t the most beautiful singing I have ever heard, but it was passionate. It was clearly coming from people watching football and I started to try to work out where it was coming from. The villages which we were walking near are too small to have teams with many fans watching. I then wondered if perhaps there was a nearby event which was showing football on a large screen. Then it dawned on me that the singing was coming from the Colchester football stadium 2 1/2 miles away.
Apparently, Colchester were playing Walsall and it ended in a draw with 4 goals for each team. Both sets of supporters had plenty to cheer about as they watched their team looking likely to win at different points in the match. The passion that the singers had for their teams was evident the way that we could hear them from so far away.
I wondered why the volume of the singing was changing until I got home and looked at the times of the goals scored by Colchester in the second half. Colchester were 2-0 down at half time but they then scored on the 49th, 52nd, 60th & 80th minutes. These were about the times that the singing was the loudest and it is no wonder, to go from 2-0 down to 4-3 (Walsall also scored in that period) up must have been an amazing thing to watch. The fans were singing and cheering their team on and we knew they were with and for their team even though we couldn’t see what was going on.
This all left me wondering about how we cheer and sing for God?
When we sing in church, do the people who live nearby realize how passionate we are about worshipping our saviour? But this is about more than singing, because we tell people and talk about what we are care the most about or what excites us in life. If we have a desire to be honest about our faith then it shows that our faith is alive and living within us.
Walsall equalized in last minute of the match and I wonder what the singing was like from the Colchester fans at that point.
Will we sing, praise and tell people about God even when things go wrong? God is still good, loving and all powerful even when things feel like they are falling apart and we should be able to keep praising him for who he is even when things are tough.
I think that it is time for all of us who have accepted Jesus as our lord and saviour to make some noise and to let the world know how amazing that we think that he is.