I’m normally somewhat of a basketball widow during the NCAA Basketball Tournament. I go on about my business while my husband calls a time out on life so he can watch one college basketball game after another. I don’t mind his obsession because it’s harmless, lasts just a few weeks, and gives me fodder for favors I may need – like new shoes or a girls’ night out.
But this year I’ve got me a team to root for so I’m right there on the couch with him.
No, the University of Georgia Bulldogs aren’t still in the dance. That’s my alma mater. I cheered them on in their one game against the University of Washington, whom I’ve come to loathe as a new PAC 10 fan, but alas they lost. But I had another team in the fight. Since my son attends the University of Arizona we’ve become ardent Wildcats. He attends all the home games and we watch them on television, spotting our son in the crowd most every time.
It’s quite unusual for me, but I know every player’s name, number and position. I know their strengths and their weaknesses. I feel like I’m their mama and they’re my boys.
And guess what? Arizona surprised the nation by beating another team that our family usually roots for, University of Texas. So Arizona moves on into the Sweet Sixteen bracket later this week, tomorrow to be exact…6:00 I believe.
We’re a people who like to pick a team, aren’t we? We’re also pretty fickle about our teams. Most of us have changed our alliances over the years at least once or twice, depending on what state we live in, where we go to school, where our kids go to school, who has our favorite coach, who’s winning…
But we definitely pick teams. In fact, we begin to assume after a while that all of life is about picking teams and takings sides.
- Are you a Cowboy or a Steeler?
- A Democrat or Republican?
- A liberal or a conservative?
- A Catholic or a Protestant?
- A stay-at-home mom or a working mom?
- A David Archuletta fan or a David Cook fan? (I realize that’s a little dated, but I doubt most of us have chosen who we’re rooting for on American Idol yet this season.)
- A Coke drinker or a Pepsi drinker?
Even on Facebook you have the option to Like something someone else says. And if you change you’re mind, you can Unlike it. You get to have a vote, take a stand, speak your mind.
Choosing teams can be good, harmless fun.
It can also be dangerous and ungodly.
Have you ever asked God to choose teams? Have you ever asked Him to take up your cause and to defeat your enemies? Have you asked Him to let you win and to “sic” the other guy?
King David did too.
Today I read Psalm 37 in my daily Bible reading. It’s one of those psalms where David cries out to God in his distress and asks God to vindicate him. I’ll let you read the psalm on your own, if you wish, but here’s a little sample: