March Madness is underway, and we already have several upsets. For college basketball fans, this is the most wonderful time of the year. 68 teams enter the fray with high hopes, and 67 go home disappointed. This is the busiest month for Vegas casinos, sports television ratings, and small college dreams.
I’ve been watching March Madness since the Phi Slama Jama days. If you don’t know what that is, your credentials as a sports fan are hereby revoked. I remember that 1983 championship game all too well. The daunted Houston Cougars fell at the buzzer to the unheralded North Carolina State squad that had been completely written off.
Here’s what I’ve learned from March Madness. You should never bet on 18-year-olds to win a basketball game in front of 20 million viewers. It’s just too unpredictable. Anything can happen.
March Madness is a picture of life. We can draw up all the best plays, have great intentions, and still lose. As that great philosopher Mike Tyson used to say, “Your game plan works great until you get punched in the face.”
I’ve been punched in the face a few times. So have you. Life is unpredictable – utter madness at times. That’s why you and I need to trust in a God we can count on, a God who never changes – and never bet on basketball.