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God Has a Sense of Humor Too!

May 31, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 189

The World Cup, the quadrennial fiesta of the biggest sport in India, cricket, was on. Gods were being appeased with ardent prayers from various fans. There was an air of optimism all around, and cricket-linked commerce was at its peak. Astrologers and palmists were raking in the shekels with passionate predictions of an Indian win. Hotels were booked, cabs were full, newspapers printed extra sports pages. Cricket lay at the centre of all decisions: schools declared holidays on match days, exams were postponed, movie prints were canned for release at a later date, weddings were shuffled, travel plans were made and unmade.

On the field, the action was hotting up. Some contenders flourished, others perished. Some close matches, others with yawning gaps between the teams. It was a good build-up to the match of the two titans in the league: India and Australia. As an ardent Indian fan, after seeing India lose many matches, despite my intense "Oh God, let India win today" prayers, I was determined to have a "winning" prayer this time.

D-day dawned. I was glued to the TV, with water and snacks around, so as to avoid missing a single ball. Australia batted first, and made 268. Lunch time. After having a quick lunch, since my generic prayers had failed, I decided to be very specific this time. So, instead of just praying for an Indian win, I sent across an intense appeal to Him that India make 269. It was simple mathematics: if Australia made 268, and India made 269, how could they lose?

India batted, and true to my wish, made 269. Guess what: they lost the match! Now, how did that happen?! My prayer was answered, but the result was not what I wanted!

During the lunch break, while I was praying for 269, an Australian boundary was revised from a four to a six, basis video replays!! The Australian support staff protested that a six had been unfairly scored as a 4, and, basis confirmation from video replays, their score was revised to 270! So, while my "specific" prayer was answered, India lost by 1 run.

It was "the" moment of truth for yours truly. More than any one of us, He has the biggest sense of humor!! If you think you can "trick" him into giving you what you want with a specific request, He will grant you the request...but, He being He, nobody can predict the twist in the tail!

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