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“G.E.M. of the Day” – and of “March Madness” Month! Make this precious gem your own by seeing ALL that you do as flowing in God’s perfect timing and placement –and for His glory!
(An A.P. (Answered Prayer) History “App” for Eccl. 3:14 (B24) applied to all life endeavors!)

When our daughter, Holly Huff (now Bruland), was on the Principia Upper School basketball team they made it into the district semi-final tournament. They were up against a highly favored Orchard Farm team that featured a very tall, dominate post player.

During the Principia team prayer session before the game Holly shared one application idea from the Bible lesson that she had been trying to apply to her three-point shooting. She also shared another idea from Jesus’ life that that she was trying to apply to her passing and defensive work in her positions as point guard and as shooting guard.

The Spiritual Application idea that relates to shooting appears again in this week’s Bible Lesson. The citation is from Ecclesiastes 3:14 (B24): “whatsoever God doeth shall be forever…”

  • (It goes on…) “nothing can be put to it,”—as in an “air-ball” (or a short soccer) shot would need to have more “put to it” to score —
  • “nor any thing taken from it”—as in a “brick” (or a long volleyball set or “kill shot”) would need to have something “taken from it” to make it count.

The key to shooting such a perfect, “nothing-but-net” shot in basketball (soccer, volleyball…) is to make sure that it is “whatsoever God” is doing— to acknowledge it is being done through God and for His/Her glory.

The second Spiritual Application idea had to do with each player’s right to have and to follow right, “all-knowing” Mind’s intuitions. This was “seeking first the kingdom of God” and among the many “added-unto” blessings that followed would be both seeing and making perfect passes as well as anticipating and intercepting the other team’s passes. This application idea was based on a Bible story in the Lesson in which “Jesus knew their thoughts”.

With just 5 minutes in the 4th quarter of this District Basketball Tournament, Principia, as the “Cinderella” or “David team” against the “Goliath team,” was down by 12 points. Coach Norm Purdy called a time-out and reaffirmed those application ideas as they applied to having a strong finish for this game and the season – all of it for God’s glory.

When these inspired young women came back out on the court, it was like a different game. Principia players anticipated pass after pass from their opponents to make great steals, passes and lay-ups – as well as a flawless series of perfect three-point shots. As the clock clicked down to the final buzzer, Prin was still down by two points. The play that had been drawn up wasn’t open. So, Holly had to “put up a prayer” from well beyond the three-point arc. Just as the buzzer went off it “swished” through the net – all for God’s glory—all as “whatsoever God” was doing. With that amazing 1-pointg win, Principia advanced to the district championship.

Thanks be to God for every time you feel in a divinely flowing rhythm with perfectly accurate anticipation, timing and execution of “whatsoever God is doing” through you—all for His/Her glory!

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