Comebacks Are Awesome

Comebacks are awesome. Period.

I remember watching Monday Night Football back in 2003, seeing Peyton Manning rally the Colts from a 35-14 deficit with four minutes left in regulation, eventually winning on a FG in overtime.

It was incredible. I sat there amazed.

In fact, that was the most amazing sports comeback that I’ve ever witnessed.

Comebacks are often associated with sports, but isn’t even cooler to see comebacks in life?

Relational comebacks? Financial comebacks? Spiritual comebacks?

When all seems lost… BAM!… God comes through and reminds us yet again that He is faithful

It can be described that the book of Esther is about a comeback as well.

A decree is issued: all Jews are to be eliminated, by order of the King!

The outcome seems hopeless, but then God saves the day.

God positions Esther so that He is glorified through this seemingly tragic situation.

Love it.

So when we’re downtrodden, distressed, or destitute, let’s remember that our hope is Him. Period.

Even if we don’t necessarily experience the “comeback” the way we expect to experience it, God is enough.

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What is the most amazing comeback you have witnessed?

29 Comments

  • Jim F

    February 24, 2012

    Love me a comeback and love me some Esther.

    This http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Comeback_(American_football) is one of the greatest comebacks I ever watched.

    Some other comebacks that are even better this are people who I known through the years that have comeback from Drug and Alcohol addictions and people who have lost everything – people that are not famous but that have had tremendous comebacks.

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    • Dustin

      March 1, 2012

      You know, I think I read through Esther for the first time like two years ago… really loved it as well.

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  • arny

    February 24, 2012

    I have to say…The Houston Rockets comeback in the 64 playoffs…Awesome!!!!!!!!! lol…

    i guess i think of myself as a comeback…

    12 years ago i was in the hospital for my heart disease…haven’t had to step into one yet….and don’t plan to! Praise God who has my heart in the palm of his hand!!!!!

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    • Dustin

      March 1, 2012

      64 playoffs? Wait what?

      And your story… that is awesome. Grateful!

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  • bill (cycleguy)

    February 24, 2012

    Love to read comeback stories. Why I am a fan of IAmSecond. I am also a comeback story-we all are. Thanks for a good reminder Dustin

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    • Dustin

      March 1, 2012

      I enjoy those videos as well – especially Josh Hamilton’s…

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  • moe

    February 24, 2012

    The Gospel story is the greatest comeback ever. God creates humans, Humans decide to be gods, sin, thus enters death. Death reigns supreme. Jesus comes, dies and in the greatest fashion, defeats death by His resurrection, and passes it down to us and mocks death by stating, “Oh death where is your sting? Oh where do I bury your victory?”.

    You really can’t write a better comeback.

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  • Ryan Tate

    February 24, 2012

    This past year I was able to have a front row seat for a restored marriage. The wife of a friend of mine had walked away from him and wanted nothing to do with him anymore. He followed her halfway across the world to woo her back. He pursued her like Christ pursued us – with conviction, passion, and humility.

    All of us watching this happen wondered why he would even go to all the trouble and pain. All hope was lost. There was nothing to hold on to, but at the last moment before the divorce papers were issued God intervened. My friend boldly asked his distant wife to come back. He wrote her a song, wrote a long hand-written note, and asked her to come back.

    Today, they are together. It’s not perfect, but they are together. Nothing is un-redeemable with God. What a comeback.

    p.s. I did enjoy watching the Tampa Bay Rays comeback and knock the Red Sox out of the playoffs last year. Uh-mazing!

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    • Dustin

      March 1, 2012

      Chills… what a story. Thanks for sharing Ryan.

      (and yes, anytime the Sox are knocked out… the heavens rejoice!)

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  • Kyle valencia

    February 24, 2012

    It’s gotta be when I was being beaten up at the park when I was 10 and you helped me out…oh wait..nevermind… You watched me get whoooooped. :).

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    • Dustin

      March 1, 2012

      Um… yeah… not my finest hour as a Big Bro :)

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  • adam

    February 24, 2012

    I did not witness this one personally but the Josh Hamilton comeback was pretty dog gone impressive.

    My own comeback to college baseball still gives me chills knowing that we still serve a god that heals and is bigger than this world…

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    • Dustin

      March 1, 2012

      I agree – love Josh’s story!

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  • Ben

    February 24, 2012

    I think football comebacks are the best, especially by the Dillon Panthers.

    One come back that I personally witnessed was definitely my marriage. I’ll tell you ’bout it someday, but if there is ever an example of God’s faithfulness, that is it.

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    • Dustin

      March 1, 2012

      Can’t wait to hear about it.

      And Texas Forever… indeed!

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  • Cindy Holman

    February 25, 2012

    I think for me it has to be some of the stubborn “wanna be” singers that try out not once but twice for shows like American Idol and The Voice. It takes a lot of courage to come back and some of them have made it through this year! They are the ones to watch for sure.

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  • Tom

    February 27, 2012

    PERIOD. Thanks Dustin for the awesome reminder. Living in the “recovery” world, I love the comebacks of those who have slipped once again but come back humbled and more aware that God is the only hope. The prodigal in action. Thanks!

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    • Dustin

      March 1, 2012

      Awesome – first hand.. thanks for doing what you do Tom.

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  • ThatGuyKC

    February 28, 2012

    honestly, I don’t know sports well enough to list a substantial comeback, but as a kid I always enjoyed the movie “Angels in the Outfield”.

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    • Dustin

      March 1, 2012

      Classic movie. Quite possibly Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s greatest work.

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  • Jonathan Pearson

    March 15, 2012

    I saw a couple of comebacks Tuesday night in the NCAA tourney. Nothing gets people talking like a comeback.

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