Basketball was my main sport in my early years. I dreamed of a professional NBA career until my college years. When that dream could not be realized, I channeled my passion for the game into coaching kids and running an inner-city Christian summer basketball camp.

In the game of basketball, timeouts are a brief suspension of play, so the players can rest or talk to their coach. The coach knows that timeouts are important, strategic and game changing moments. In the same way, God is our coach and He is using the COVID-19 Crisis as a called timeout. Today, He is calling His people, His Church to rest and talk with Him.

Here’s why:

1.Time outs are more valuable when the game is close and when the game is near the end. Church, we are near the end. 1 Peter 4:7 reminds us “the end of all things is near. Therefore be alert and of sober mind so that you may pray.” We have to be on our best game in the last days. It is time or a full-court press; an all out pursuit of the heart and will of God.

2.Timeouts are meant to make one or two minor adjustments before the game resumes. The coach realizes that the players might not retain a head full of changes during the timeout, Therefore, he or she is focused on something very simple, that when executed, can lead to a victory. The COVID-19 crisis, an the associated stay at home orders and social distancing requirements, give each of us an opportunity to focused on something very simple and perhaps acquire one new skill or focus on accomplishing a few daily, weekly or monthly tasks. Question: What goals do you have during the crisis?

3.Finally, during the timeout, the coach demands that all eyes are focused upon him. The COVID-19 crisis is a time for each us to eliminate distractions and all the other voices that previously competed for God’s priority in our life. During an actual sports timeout, there is only one coach talking and the players are all making eye contact with him.

My friend, don’t miss what God is saying to you during this divine timeout. You could come through it with more skills, greater focus and a life of victory.

I close with a call to listen to one of my favorite hymns, “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus”…

“Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus… Look full in His wonderful face, And the things of earth will grow strangely dim, In the light of His glory and grace.

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