Are your brackets busted? Did last weekend crush your hopes of winning your bracket tournament just like mine? Let’s sit back, take a deep breath, and see what we can learn from our busted brackets.
March Madness … Someone with marketing genius created the bracket frenzy. I don’t think that most Americans follow NCAA basketball until March comes around. I know I don’t. During the weekend of the conference championships, I was even surprised to hear that Villanova was a top contender. Up to that point, I had watched a grand total of zero basketball games. My interest in the sport was non-existent prior to the tournament. In spite of that fact, though, I excitedly set up a family bracket tournament as soon as possible. Chances are that you are involved in one also. Over 40 million people have filled out brackets to play in a bracket tournament this year.
Growing up in Indiana, participation in March Madness is a given. We don’t bet anything; it’s all for fun. I told people that the prize was “eternal bragging rights” – that’s it. There isn’t even a trophy, but we still get passionately engaged every single year. We minimally research our teams, usually picking our personal favorites in spite of what the experts are saying. I usually pick teams recklessly in favor of huge upsets, which rarely happen. This year, I played it safe. All four of my teams in the Final Four were #1 or #2 seeds. I was sure that I had a solid bracket because I followed expert advice. And then last weekend happened … Let’s sum it up by saying that Villanova and Louisville were not as solid as the experts thought they would be. I’m totally busted, along with a lot of other people.
Let’s apply this bigger than basketball, though.
Regardless of what the “experts” say, God is in control and He can and will do whatever He wants. We can be sure that something is the right thing to do, we can want something desperately, but ultimately that is irrelevant. God is all-powerful and He can do anything. We look at the world with limits, but God is limitless.
Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26)
Isn’t it about time that we stop listening to the “experts” and trying to control things on our own. Let's surrender control to God. Click To Tweet He already is in complete control anyway, so ultimately it just allows us to rest in Him instead of trying frantically to act like we are in control.
Rest in God today. Believe Him. Trust Him. He loves you and wants to show His love to you!