March Madness

Even though I haven’t watched one college basketball game from tip-off to final whistle this season, I still have been looking forward to the NCAA tournament.

Our family has always been a college basketball family with my Dad graduating from UNC, my brother finishing his education in 3 1/2 years at Michigan St., and myself enjoying four years at Syracuse.
We grew up loving the tournament and there’s always something special about the ‘little guys’ getting that upset in the 1st and 2nd round.
Part of the allure is getting to know those unknown teams, as they each have a unique and special story.
This morning, I came across one of those unique ‘Cinderella’ stories in the Bible, that I had somehow either missed, or not paid attention to, in 35+ years of the church attendance.
The story is in Judges 3:12-30 and is about a guy named Ehud.
This amazing left-handed judge concocted a plan to kill the king that was holding the Israelites in slavery, and thus bring peace and freedom to God’s people for 80 years.  In verse 21 it says, “Ehud reached with his left hand, pulled out the dagger strapped to his right thigh, and plunged it into the king’s belly.  The dagger went so deep that the handle disappeared beneath the king’s fat.”
That’s in the Bible! What a verse! What a candid and vivid description of a man who was simply called by God to free the Israelites from oppression!
I love how God’s word is all about real life – both in the stories it shares and the application we can pull from it.
I look forward to reading more in Judges and discovering more ‘Cinderella stories’ of characters that only God is creative enough to work through.  Guys like Ehud. Men and women like you and me.