Last Thursday night’s NFL Draft was just another strange event in a strange season marked by labor strife, lockouts, lawsuits, and legal maneuverings. The first indication of how surreal the evening was going to be became evident when the commissioner of the most popular sports entity in the USA was nearly booed off the stage as he came to the podium to open the annual selection meeting. That strangeness continued when the college player whose name is on the lawsuit against the NFL was drafted and went onstage to hug that commissioner. The evening’s oddities continued as teams tried to make trades—knowing that they could not trade any players, only upcoming draft picks. A strange evening in the midst of a very strange season for the National Football League.
Strange seasons of life are not limited to the NFL, however. We all experience those times of life when things just don’t seem right. When we can’t see any purpose or value to the difficulties, struggles, or perplexities we are facing. In those strange seasons, however, we can take comfort in the fact that we serve a God who doesn’t waste anything. A God who can bring good out of evil (Gen.50:20). A God who can accomplish good purposes even out of the strange seasons of life. To that end, Solomon, struggling with his own questions about the value of such times, wrote:
To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven… (Ecclesiastes 3:1)
God’s seasons and purposes may, for us, seem shrouded in mystery, but take heart—even in the strange seasons of life, God is at work and He will accomplish His good purposes for us through them. Our task is to trust Him—even when there seem to be no answers to our questions.
Bill Crowder, Sport Spectrum Chaplain