Study In Contrasts

Last week, the cities of Boston (NHL) and Dallas (NBA) celebrated long-awaited championships. For both cities, it continued a long tradition of winning—particularly for Boston, arguably the new “Title Town,” where all four major sports titles have been held in recent years by the Red Sox, Patriots, Celtics, and now the Bruins. For Dallas, the Mavericks join the winning ways of the Rangers (last year’s American League champs in baseball) and the Cowboys, who have won 5 Super Bowl championships over the years. It was a day of joy and celebration for these great cities as they honored their heroes with parades and celebrations.

By contrast, in Miami and Vancouver, home cities of the losing Heat and Canucks, the mood was decidedly different. Miami was marked by doubts about the makeup of the squad and its ability to win in spite of the “Big Three”—with some calling to break up the team that had so recently seemed poised for greatness. In Vancouver, some (not all, some) fans responded to the loss of the Stanley Cup with rioting, burning, and destruction in one of North America’s most beautiful cities.

This study in contrasts reminded me how easy it is to respond to the good things of life, but how we often fail in our response to life’s disappointments and heartaches. And sometimes that response includes lashing out at our God. Job, however, had a different response. Upon losing his children, possessions, and ultimately even his health, Job could have felt like turning away from God because of his misfortunes. But, Job’s response was wise, as he said, “Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him.” (Job 13:15). We do not always have all the answers or all the information about the “whys” in life, but God does, and He carries them with infinite love for us. Because He loves us perfectly, we can always trust Him—even when responding to the disappointments of life.

 

Bill Crowder, Sport Spectrum Chaplain