How easy it to be transparent about what you don’t understand? I think it takes courage to verbally express it and faith to walk it out. It seems like life can continuously throw things your way and you can’t catch a break. These tests that I must push through appear in cycles. Cycles are defining moments because when I am under pressure and I know that God is extracting something good from me. Practice makes perfect is the concept being echoed in my mind. The more pressure that God places on me, there is also an abundance of Grace to withstand it.
Since this is the final installment to the March Madness series there is one thing that I am certain of as it relates to life and basketball. God is training us on how to handle the pressure in the final hour. When things don’t unfold like you planned will you crumble or continue to trust in God? If everything happened the way that you planned you wouldn’t need Him. The Perfect Play will be imperfect because it may involve disappointment, pain, and sacrifice. In basketball practice ,the coach runs different plays repeatedly so that the player moves are second nature. These plays are used in close call games by the coach when one play could change the game. The team understands there are no deviations from the play just Perfect execution! It is all in order right time, right position, and the right play!
I want to encourage you and let you know that there are things that we will go through that are uncomfortable and inconvenient, but the outcome will be worthwhile. There will be times when God won’t move the mountain, if He doesn’t prepare to hike it. For example, in order to enjoy the scent of your favorite perfume a flower hasto be crushed. Even with a diamond it has been put under pressure and heat to yield a breathtaking gem.Look for the beauty in your situation because God is refining you. God’s ultimate perfect play involved sending His only Son, Jesus to die for our sins. Jesus understood that we needed Him to pay our ransom for sin, death and hell. His journey was one that I am truly grateful for, but He had to do it. The process of being beaten and crucified was brutal, but the beauty in it is that we have eternal life. His love for us is amazing!
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever beliveth in Him shall not perish,but have everlasting life”.(John 3:16 KJV)
Until Next Time,