by C.A. Phillips
1 John 2:17 (ESV)
Sports junkie? Check.
ESPN, MLB Network, NFL Network, Golf Channel addict? Check.
Initially, I wondered how I’d get through this trying time without the ability to watch live sports on television. For a couple days, I tuned into ESPN and MLB Network, just to see how the “sports world” would respond to this ever-changing set of circumstances we’ve been dealt. But, after a couple days, it just became noise.
I believe we’d all pack the bleachers or tune in to our TVs if Major League Baseball was given the “all clear.” But, for now, I’m good.
It’s amazing when we take our attention off certain things, we can be reminded of what’s most important, what truly is worthy of our time. No doubt, most of us would say that Family is among the very most important things in our lives. But, to be put in a position where suddenly you’re with your family for an extended period of time – that’s a real eye-opener – and heart-opener!
God is using this time – despite the very real and critical issues this pandemic has caused in the world – to do GOOD! He knew about this before the world was formed. Before you were formed. Before this virus was formed. And, He will use this time to glorify Himself, and to draw people to Himself.
I’ve witnessed this over the past two weeks – people are looking for peace, comfort, and stability during an unsettling time. The Holy Spirit already provides that to those who know Jesus. And, for those who don’t yet know, God’s still in the business of allowing inconveniences (and yes, even pandemics) for a greater good – salvation through Jesus.
In this uncertain time, we still can hold onto unchanging Truth. And, compared to that, all else fades away.
C.A. Phillips is a lifelong sports enthusiast and youth baseball coach, and currently serves as the Communications Pastor and Director of Men’s Groups at NorthStar Church in Kennesaw, Ga. He lives in Kennesaw with his wife, Amy, and his two sons, Chaz and Chandler.
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