I’m not a hockey fan—at all, but if you listen to the television, or read social media, or have a heartbeat, you would have heard about all the trades that are going on this time of the year. It is interesting, even if you aren’t a hockey fan, to hear who is traded where and the reasons, but the most interesting part is listening to the athlete who is being traded and their reaction to the circumstances that they have no choice about.
I was listening to this one player, who was being traded from Edmonton to the New Jersey Devils. He was devastated with the news because he felt that he was part of the solution for the Oilers quest for the cup and not the problem. He couldn’t believe that his team, who he felt was his family, let him down in this way. It is heartbreaking for these athletes, but it is so parallel to life and what we are all dealing with on a daily basis.
We all have disappointments, and let downs and sometimes these are from people that we are super close to. When I listened to the General Manager’s side of the story who explained to the media that it was a very hard choice but something that he felt that he had to do for the best interest of the team. How does that seem just? Why do bad things happen to good people? It happens all the time.
We have to go through the ups and downs so that we can grow and become the people that we are meant to become. We have to be shuffled around and experience different disappointments so that we can grow and become the athlete or people that we are meant to be. Just like this General Manager, God is making the choices for us that will make us become who he wants us to be.
During the announcement of this life changing news, this athlete is obviously overwhelmed with the thought of all the changes that will face him in the upcoming months. He will have to move, adjust to a new team and find his way in an entirely different world. Things happen the same with us. Maybe you are going through a separation or divorce, or a loss of a love one, or job. Life deals us these hard times all the time, and just like this athlete, we are forced to make our life go on, even though we don’t want to. We just don’t know how we are going to adjust to the changes that this change brings to our world.
These are the times that we have to lean on our General Manager for strength and courage to continue moving forward in our worlds. We might not want the change, and we might be scared of the changes, but we have to realize that this is all happening for a reason, and we have to continue to pursue our career as an athlete. This is the life of an athlete, and this is real life too.
Proverbs 3:5-6 ensures us, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” The Lord is the best General Manager ever and he is placing you on the team that is best for you right now. You might not see it, nor may you understand it, but eventually when you will look back you will understand his reasons.
As hard as it is to deal with change, it is part of our growing process on earth, just as the trades in the NHL are to grow stronger teams to win that coveted Stanley Cup. We will strengthen in time, as we learn to deal with the changes, and if we realize that we can’t understand everything about life. This player couldn’t understand why he was traded because he couldn’t understand this General Manager’s outlook for the future. We won’t understand God’s long range plan for our lives either, but in time, we might be able to connect the dots and make sense of it all.
Stay in faith and stop trying to understand. Life makes trades and we might not like the trade at the time, but we may eventually win the beloved Stanley Cup! You never know what the future holds!