With the US Women’s Open golf tournament being played this past weekend, the golfing world was allowed to pause, look back, and celebrate the 10-year anniversary of one of the great underdog sports stories in recent years. In the 2003 Women’s Open, little-known Hilary Lunke came from nowhere to secure women’s golf’s greatest prize—and a permanent place in history. Not only did she win the US Open, she did so in an 18-hole playoff over Kelly Robbins and Angela Stanford at the brutally tough Pumpkin Ridge Golf Club in North Plains, Oregon. It was Hilary Lunke’s only professional victory. Ten years later, Lunke’s victory remains one of the greatest upsets ever seen in women’s golf, and a reminder that, in sports, anything can happen. Her story bears witness to the fact that one of the most exciting things about sports is its unpredictability.
The unpredictabilities of life are not always so thrilling, however. We make plans, projections, and proposals about what we would like to see happen in life, but often it feels like little more than our best guess. We have no idea what a day, or week, or month, or year might bring. So we pray and plan… and then we trust in a God who knows fully and completely what we could never predict. That is why Psalm 46:10 is one of my favorite verses in the Old Testament. It reads:
Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!
With the unpredictable nature of life, there are a million or more things that I can never know with certainty. What I can know, however, is that there is a God in the heavens who knows all and loves me deeply. The word of the psalm is that, by knowing Him, I can be “still” (at peace, at rest)—even when life inevitably becomes unpredictable.
Bill Crowder, Sports Spectrum Chaplain