And they gave him a piece of a cake of figs, and two clusters of raisins: and when he had eaten, HIS SPIRIT CAME AGAIN TO HIM: for he had eaten no bread, nor drunk any water, three days and three nights. 1 Samuel 30:12, KJV
Comebacks in sports are a rare gem. They are thrilling, stirring, and exciting. They teach us endurance and perseverance, doggedness and determination, will power and staying power. We can learn so many lessons about God and life from sports, particularly comebacks in sports. The most important lesson is that no matter how dark the night, no matter how hard the fight, we can always win. We can always pull an upset; we can always comeback; God can turn any situation around.
Sports comebacks are not very numerous but they are very notable. They are notable because they ignite the spirit, they inspire the soul, and they incite the body. Michael Cahill writes, “there are few things in sports that capture the attention and the memory of sports fans more than a comeback. It’s the story that fans share, the experience that can make an ordinary game an extraordinary moment. There is nothing more exhilarating than seeing the odds stacked against a team only to watch it pull off the impossible.”
The Los Angeles Kings hockey team came back to win their last three games in overtime, their last two in the 2014 NHL Finals, and their last one in double overtime. Now they hold a 2-0 lead over the New York Rangers. You don’t have to be a hockey fan to notice and take note of this noteworthy feat. They are truly the reigning comeback Kings.
Comebacks in sports are only beaten and bested by comebacks in life. The list of Biblical characters that came back from close calls and close shaves, near misses and narrow margins, slim chances and thin ice is longer than a cold, stormy night in the dead of winter. So many never would have made it had it not been for Divine intervention. In fact, NONE of them, and none of us, would have made it through the scraps and scrapes we’ve come through had it not been for the Lord who was on our side. Just ask David.
David was a comeback King. At one point in his life he was forgotten, forlorn and forsaken, yet he put his trust in his God and made one of the greatest comebacks in Biblical history. David’s comeback is more noteworthy because he began with a big lead; David defeated the giant Goliath when nobody and no one gave him a chance. Then he had to run for his life when his enemy, who happened to be his own father-in-law, tried to kill him not once nor twice. But yet he came back and was crowned King of Judah and Israel.
David came all the way back from being down and out to being up and in. And David gave us an example to go by. You may be down, but you’re not out; you may be behind but you don’t have to stay behind. Just ask the LA Kings. You can get back on top – again.
So take it from me – I’ve had my fair share of dumps and slumps, thumps and lumps, bumps and humps, and bangs and bruises to boot – and you have too. If you trust and never doubt, He will surely bring you out. So take your burdens to the Lord and leave them there, so that you too can be a comeback king.