If you don’t like basketball, read this anyway…
Derek Fisher almost singlehandidly took over yesterday evening’s overtime Utah Jazz-Golden State Warriors basketball game, scoring 5 backbreaking points in the OT. The real Fisher story though, was that he had arrived near half-time, having flown from home where his 10-month old daughter was undergoing surgery for a cancer behind the eye called retinoblastoma.
Fisher’s amazing response to the cancer tragedy raises this question: how do WE respond to adversity? Besides, “is your name in the book of life?” this is probably the most important question you can ever ask yourself. Our whole life on this earth is related to the question. Actually, it’s more of a promise than a question: “In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart…” (John 16:33).
Life will be hard. “Life” and “difficult” go together. What really matters, what really defines us, is not who we are and how we react in times of blessing and ease, but rather who we are in times of pain, challenge, suffering, and bad news.
How’s this for a response: Fisher didn’t just endure with his daughter’s cancer; he was inspired by it last night.
It reminds me of the late Christopher Reed’s Superman response to his paralysis: “you play the cards you’re dealt. I think the game’s worthwhile.”