Free & Fit - Hope in Uncertainty - by Tim Cheux

Free & Fit - Hope in Uncertainty - by Tim Cheux

Queens Park Rangers Home Stadium

London Derby. Two Big Teams. South and West London represented. International Team Captains. Physical and Strong Star Players. From Africa to Norway to Australia to the USA on display. Tradition and Culture and of course Goals, Goals and more GOALS!

Okay….so maybe QPR against Millwall were not the two teams you thought I was thinking about, but last Wednesday, when the other West London minnows were progressing in the Champions League, some real Championship football was happening. Yes, sorry Chelsea fans, West London still belongs to QPR!

After the first half QPR found themselves 2-0 down, without much hope of a reprieve. This was a typical QPR performance in the first half which has defined their Championship mediocracy for the last four years. Oftentimes since their relegation from the Premier League, in 2015, QPR have gone on runs of seven games without a loss, and then, immediately afterwards, seven games without a win. Literally a tail of two completely different teams. Wednesday night was no different.

After being at fault for the first goal, and having been lucky not to give away two penalties in his last outing, Jordy De Wijs would take centre stage. Charlie Austin returning to QPR in outstanding goalscoring form brought hope at 2-1 after 51 minutes and Norweigan captain Stefan Johansen snatched the equalizer to bring QPR on level terms. Then just when you think the game would end in a draw, QPR’s big strong ox of a defender, on loan from Hull City, Jordy De Wijs stepped up to save the day. More to follow about this!

Questions to Ponder.....

What have you done historically at half time when your team has gone two, three or even four goals down?

Where did you place your hope, your faith or your trust?

Did you leave the ground and head to the car park or did you hang around and hope for a better second half performance?

These are all questions, scenarios and images we have seen. Especially when teams are losing by a big margin. Usually, it signals at a familiar site at half time when a teams fans have left the ground early to chants of “cheerio”, “we can't hear a hyena sing” or “it's all gone quiet over there.” Millwall fans, if they were allowed in the stadium, I am sure would be singing to QPR fans!

In Psalm 121, we can hear of a hope at half-time which wouldn't make sense to many QPR fans. The Psalmist begins with a similar soul searching question to a supporter of a team with a pending defeat.

The Psalmist cries out…..“I lift up my eyes to the hills— from where will my help come? (Psalm 121:1)

Yet, despite despair and disaster the Psalmist is assured of a hope not yet seen, a truth not yet revealed and a faith which does not waiver.

The Psalmist responds “My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth (Psalm 121:2). Hope in uncertain circumstances.

Questions to Ponder.....

Where is your hope right now?

Do you feel lost like so many QPR fans at half-time on Wednesday?