Monday, April 2, 2012

Jeremy Lin's Injury a Holy Week Trial

How sad that the talented Jeremy Lin has a torn meniscus on his left knee and will most likely be out for the rest of the season, until it heals. He will need surgery, recovery time and hopefully he'll be back on the court, with the Knicks, next season. I'm sure he's upset as well as his close knit family. And then there are the millions of fans in the U.S. and in China. The timing is a little strange, his extraordinary basketball career halted (for the time being) so close to the time when Christians reflect on the rejection, suffering and death of Jesus. An uncanny coincidence.
Jeremy and his family will handle this setback with the same deep faith, persistent prayer, patience and perseverance that they've handled every situation.
They are people of faith and they have an advantage because of that. Their belief in God and the "fruit" of their prayer life gives them inner strength and courage, in good times and bad. It's a proven fact that people who have faith and believe in God handle crisis' better, bounce back from disappointments and loss quicker, and have a great support group in their faith community.  Of course, Jeremy and his family will be able to count on the friendship, support and prayers of their family as well as their Church community. It means a lot and I know that from first hand experience.
I'm sure Jeremy Lin is able to put this all in perspective and realize it's a temporary set-back and trial (please God!). Everyone will storm heaven. After all, he's such a good role model for children, a great witness of faith for believing children (and adults) everywhere. I, for one, will be saying a prayer for him, for his quick recovery, while I'm in Church this week. Like other Christians, I will be spending a lot of time in Church this week.......
May you have a Blessed and Fruitful Holy Week.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge the Lord and He will make your paths straight.  (Proverbs 3:5-6)