We have all seen it, the gruesome injury that Louisville sophomore Kevin Ware suffered in the much-anticipated watch up between the Louisville Cardinals and the Blue Devils from Duke. Ware, a 6-foot-2 guard, was contesting an outside shot by Thomas Thornton in front of his own team’s bench when he landed awkwardly and his leg buckled, bending almost at a right angle. His tibia literally broke through his skin and was exposed to the naked eye. Most images and videos have been removed from TV and social media sites because the incident was so gruesome. Major networks such as CBS have refused to play it. After the fall Ware was taken to Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis to repair his leg. Officials said that the leg, broken in two places, was reset and a rod was inserted into his right tibia. Louisville head coach Rick Pitino said that moments after sustaining the injury Ware told his team mates, “Win the game, win the game.” And they did just that Sunday night by taking home a victory in a very emotional 63 – 85 win over Duke.
Wow, an injury like this has a bit of a nickname in the world of sports: “The Career Ender”. Kevin Ware was a rising star of sorts and was starting to gain recognition when the worst happened. His career is halted and he is no doubt weighing a lot decisions in his life right now. Have you ever felt like something like this happened to your life? You were rising and everything was going well then you took a fall that threatened to bench you. Time and time again we as Christians have run into situations where the liar of all liars has untied our Nikes in hopes that we would fall on the court. Sometimes we feel like our world is coming down around us right in the middle of a promising game. When this happens we need to turn to our coach, our trainer, we need to find strength in God. Kevin Ware is already walking. Doctors say that he will need six months to a year to fully recover. That is crazy. A man whose tibia was snapped is walking after only a few days. There is hope.
In life sometimes we snap our spiritual tibia. We fall and we get hurt, that is a part of being a human. But the injury doesn’t end us. With the help of the great physician, we will be back on our feet, ready to shock the world. Satan is a master deceiver, he isn’t above spilling water on the court just to see you slip. The devil isn’t above yelling at you while you shoot your free throws, he wants to see your “Career Ender”, but God has another plan. And it is God’s plan that wins in the end. Through God you will recover from the blows of this world. With His help you will be returning to the game in no time. Just as Kevin Ware is being healed, you will be too.
Psalm 29:11 (NKJV) The Lord will give strength to His people; The Lord will bless His people with peace.
Psalm 37:39 (The Voice) The Eternal saves His faithful; He lends His strength in hard times.
Please also keep Kevin Ware in your prayers. We serve a God of healing!