Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Romans 12:12
As they were winding down the regular season and preparing for the playoffs in early 2006, the Ottawa Senators, the highest-scoring team in the NHL, faced off against the Boston Bruins. Cutting towards the net, Mike Fisher got tangled up with a Bruins defenseman and his leg was caught and bent backwards as he fell to the ice. He tried to get up and skate, but he couldn’t put any weight on his ankle and had to be helped off the ice. As the commentators said, “That is one guy you can not afford to lose at this time of the season.”
When he got to the trainer’s room, Mike glanced at the game clock on the wall and saw that it was paused for a stoppage of play with 12 minutes and 12 seconds left in the game. He did a double take and right away thought of Romans 12:12: ‘Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.’ “It was kind of just God saying, ‘You know what? Be patient and trust in me and lean on me and things will work out.’”
Everything did work out and Mike’s ankle wasn’t broken, allowing him to return to the ice in less than three weeks. But whatever the diagnosis had been, this was a reminder that he was more than a hockey player, he was first a follower of God. Even when things don’t make sense or we find ourselves in frustrating circumstances, God is good.
Game Plan: Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer. When good things happen, who do you praise? When you find yourself in trouble, who do you turn to? Whether you’re on a hill or in a valley, do you come to God in prayer? Where is your focus?
Quote source: Defender of Faith: The Mike Fisher Story