As Lebron James and the rest of the Miami Heat celebrated at home following a nerve-wracking 95-88, Game 7 win on Friday (Manila time), one guy from the other side of the fence walked away in pain.
Tim Duncan, at 37, has gone 4-0 in his first four NBA Finals appearances with the San Antonio Spurs. Until James and the Heat dealt a crushing blow to him and the Spurs in the sudden death Game 7.
He was four feet away from tying the game in the dying minute after finding a smaller defender in Shane Battier down low. But the 6’11” San Antonio veteran blew what was a “gimme basket” just four feet away from the rim. He then completely missed a follow-up shot.
Says Duncan during the post-game talk with media:
“Missing a layup to tie the game,“ Duncan recalled. “Making a bad decision down the stretch. Just unable to stop Dwyane [Wade] and Lebron (James). Game 7 is always going to haunt me.”
“That’s [frustration] out of me just missing a bunny,” Duncan said. “Got by Shane and had a layup to tie the game.”
Anybody could surely relate to what Duncan felt shortly as the Heat and their fans erupted in frenzied celebration after James lifted the Heat to the title-clinching win.
Maybe you said something to your mom that you later on regretted.
Perhaps, it was a business deal that you were not supposed to enter into, knowing that you’ll only compromise your faith. In the end, you felt really, really bad.
Or most probably, you cheated on your boss by using a huge amount of money that you were handling as part of the company’s finance team. And that act somehow, made you agonize as you think about it again and again.
You may be in pain today because of what you did. Consciously or unconsciously.
Your conscience is probably bothering you as the word GUILTY continue to flash on your mind.
Clueless how to yank that feeling out?
Here’s a passage in Hebrews 4:14-16 (The Message) 14-16 Now that we know what we have—Jesus, this great High Priest with ready access to God—let’s not let it slip through our fingers. We don’t have a priest who is out of touch with our reality. He’s been through weakness and testing, experienced it all—all but the sin. So let’s walk right up to him and get what he is so ready to give. Take the mercy, accept the help.
There’s nothing we feel today that Christ couldn’t relate. For at one point in history, Christ became a human so He could bridge the immeasurable gap between God and man.
He could feel what we feel. He’d laugh, cry and mourn.
Where you are today emotionally, feel free to come to Jesus. He won’t turn you away in your moment of pain or disappointment. Even in anguish, you can freely tell Him what you feel. He’ll take the time to hear you out, freely giving you the mercy and grace you need.
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