What's the first things that pops into your mind when you hear the words, 'March Madness'? Perhaps you have a team you are rooting for in the madness, which is the NCAA basketball playoffs, or you take a trip down memory lane to when you went to a basketball game in college. Another possibility is that you are experiencing a snow storm on this second day of spring. Hello East coast friends! Yet it could even be you are experiencing a different kind of madness.
While madness can mean a lot of things, for the sake of this blog post, I am referring to 'a state of frenzied or chaotic activity'. That madness pretty much defines how March has been for me this year. Yet, in all of the frenzy and chaos, there has been a peace that could only come from God. You know that peace that surpasses all understanding. It has most definitely been guarding my heart and mind, especially these past two weeks.
While the details of this madness will be the subject of a future blog post, suffice it to say you never know what a day may bring. Inside of deep betrayal and tragic behavior of a group of Christians, God has been my rock and refuge. What appears as failure, according to worldly standards, God is using for a great good. My prayer is for the love and truth of God to prevail. He will bring Light to all the shadows. My lesson, yet again, is to trust God and love people. Loving people who betray you is not easy, but in the end, it will be worth it.
In the meantime, we resume watching games of basketball to see who goes to the next level in the NCAA basketball playoffs. I love college basketball! The upsets of the post season are always so surprising. It's hard not to root for the cinderella under dogs, yet you feel for the senior athletes that won't be part of the 2% who go on to play in the NBA.
Upsets are a part of life. Going to God first is always the best way to be your best self in these times. When we don't, we end up showing up as a lesser version of ourselves. This can cause further upset. When you fall short, repent and ask God to forgive you. He will show you the next right step. Trust Him.
Watching these college athletes has been a God wink for me this year more than ever.