2016-02-10 - Bench Warming
From the time I decided to get up and walk at age two, I have spent very little time warming the bench. I use that expression as a basketball player, enthusiast and general lover of most sports. There are, however, times that being on the bench is required. I remember when I had to sit there recovering from an illness one time, and from a sprained ankle another. I was faced with one of the dreaded tasks of being there - stat sheets. As a player, it’s quite enjoyable to look at the sheets and get an idea of what’s going on, yet far less interesting being the one creating those same sheets to be viewed by the coaches and players. Out of the element of playing and into the recording of playing activities rather stressed me out. I gained a different perspective, and also a healthy appreciation for those capable of looking at the game and taking notes of everything going on - including noting where those shots and rebounds took place, with offense and defense. Being on the bench is difficult for one who spends most of their time actively in the game.
As an adult, I’ve spent very little time on the bench, in the sense of my life being physical. I’ve been blessed to be able to do so many different things, and even into the time our kids were in middle and high school, we even played backyard basketball as a family. Before our youngest transferred to an out-of-state college, one afternoon, he and I went outside and shot hoops a little. It reminded me of some wonderful times, although it also made me a little sad, too. I can’t run or jump like I once did, due to increased back troubles. I call it “angry back syndrome” in an attempt to make light of it. Some days it’s just annoying, and you jump around a little with your kid before he leaves town - and days like today, I am benched. I had some shots to alleviate increased troubles, and in fewer than two months, I am not just back to where I began - but in a place that seems worse.
We sometimes need reminders of what we can do from the bench, and what we should be focused on, as we are there. I feel a little better today, and know where my strength is, and am very grateful. And if we’re all playing in the game all the time, then who will take down the stats? It all matters.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:30 NIV)
All scripture references from KJV (King James Version) unless otherwise noted