… but let’s try! This is one day of news. A second vaccine was announced with even greater results than the first (94.5% effective). The stock market again hit an all-time high. The Giants won. The Jets didn’t lose (they had the week off). A young man with Down syndrome became the first to overcome this challenge and complete an Iron Man race. Skies are clear, and the meteor shower is at its peak. Four people won the right to be shot into space for six months, where they will likely avoid the rest of the pandemic and return for beach season. (They may even see a McNugget.) A new study says that playing video games is good for your health (gamers rejoice!). Even more retailers joined the growing trend of offering Black Friday deals throughout the season, beginning now.
But today I’d like to focus on one big thing that happened and one big thing that didn’t happen. On Sunday night, with 11 seconds left on the clock, Arizona quarterback Kyle Murray heaved a Hail Mary the length of the field, and his receiver caught it in the end zone between three defenders. It was the first Hail Mary to win a game in five years, and sportscasters are already calling it the Hail Murray. The same night, my TV screen suddenly turned blue and started buzzing, warning me that a tornado warning was in effect and I should get in the basement right away. This was very annoying because I was trying to watch the football game.
You may quibble with my assessment of the first story as a “big thing,” but it has big implications, namely, keep trying, you never know what’s going to happen. Just because no one has ever done something before, or no one has succeeded at something for a while, doesn’t mean it’s impossible. Maybe you will get that job. Maybe that person you like will say yes. Maybe that treatment will work. Maybe the seas will part and you’ll walk safely through (it did happen before!).
As for the second, the tornado never materialized. Sometimes the things we fear, even though we’re certain they will occur, don’t occur. This Sunday in church, we heard about someone who didn’t have cancer. Sometimes we live. Sometimes couples stay together. Sometimes we don’t lose the farm. Sometimes the storm doesn’t hit, or the seas are calmed (this has happened before as well).
Life is filled with good news, and we often worry too much about bad things that may not occur. Even when bad things do occur, we have God, which is the best news of all. From God’s perspective (as well as that of the International Space Station, seen in the video below) even a storm can be beautiful.