Some people actually make a living at gambling. They’re professionals. At the casino you’ll see these expert gamblers at the poker tables and the blackjack tables. They know how to play the game. They know the odds.
But you’ll never see them at the slots. They know the odds.
Although some people claim they have strategies for winning at the slots, the masses of folks seen pulling the “one-armed bandits” are primarily hoping to win. For the most part the odds of winning at slots are totally stacked against you.
God’s a gambler. Not for money, but for lives. He knows the odds. He knows who will guarantee the best return on his bet. But time and time again he casts His lot with the riskiest ones. In fact, he’s bet his life on those whose likelihood of success is totally against the odds…
The least likely to succeed
The ones who could never pay back His investment
But God doesn’t sit mindlessly hoping that there’ll be a lucky payout someday. He knows the lives that He’s betting on. He’s seen beyond promises of big jackpots and the warnings of guaranteed losses.
He strategizes. He sends the influence of his love and presence. He allows pain and relieves it with healing. He causes the lives of those he’s won by his grace to intersect with those yet to be won.
His fingers aren’t crossed, but he is praying for a win. He’s hoping there will be a great return on his investment. And when it happens, no bells, no sirens, no flashing lights, just the payout of heart touched and a life saved.