Theme of the Week: Summer Fruits
Bible Verse: “I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
Scripture Reading: Mark 4:35-4, Philippians 4:7
Sometimes things don’t go as you plan or hope. The Toronto Maple Leafs didn’t make it out of the first round of the playoffs…AGAIN! (Some of you are happy about this, and some aren’t!)
In my first year as a college hockey coach, we had an incredible opportunity to defeat a very respected team on the road. We were tied late in the game and, through penalties, had a 5-3 power play. We took the power play into overtime but failed to capitalize. As the power play came to a close, a clearing attempt ended up on the opposing player’s stick coming out of the penalty box. Break away. Goal. Game Over.
I was angry. The players were angry. I may have made some bad decisions. In reflection, I would say that I wasn’t experiencing a lot of peace at that moment. I would also reflect that I was trying to live on my own strength instead of trusting myself to the one who is ultimately in control.
Jesus could sleep in the midst of the storm because he was deeply connected to the father and could experience peace and even rest.
Competitive sports can be a great training ground for life, and we understand that there are more challenging storms than losing a hockey game in overtime. We can know that in whatever we face, we can have peace that passes all understanding.
Is there a storm you are currently facing? Turn your eyes towards Jesus, and receive his peace in the midst of it.
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