The Consoling Coach

Last week, I watched one of the concluding games of the NBA Eastern Conference Finals between the Miami Heat and the Chicago Bulls. Miami was losing this game, and the head coach, Erik Spoelstra, called a timeout. I’m not sure if the Heat were frazzled or intimidated, but Coach Spoelstra told the team, “Just weather this storm, and we’ll be OK.” The game changed dramatically after that timeout, and the Heat came back and won convincingly. While none of the players’ post-game interviews confirmed this, I suspect Coach Spoelstra’s words helped them perform at their potential.

Interestingly, Jesus had called a team huddle in the text included with this email. After hearing about His crucifixion, some of His disciples were fearful that they would be next. Just like Coach Spoelstra, Jesus knew exactly what to say. He told them, “Peace be with you.” I’m sure their fears dissipated as they laid eyes on our Savior and reflected on His words.

Jesus once said, “the very words I have spoken to you are spirit and life” (John 6:63, NLT). He has a way of saying the right thing when we need it most. When you’re down in the game of life, turn to Him for advice. Let His words comfort and console you during your crisis.

“And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” – Jesus