This time of year, college basketball dominates the news. You can’t avoid it. Even if you are not a sports fan, you get drawn in by the storylines…storyline, really. The one that captures everyone’s attention is the “Cinderella Story.” Millions of viewers cheer for the unpredictable upset when the little school topples the big-time athletic program.
Inspired by the Madness of March, let’s take a closer look at a couple of “Cinderella” call stories.
The “Cinderella” team ends up in the right place at the right time and takes advantage of every break to win the big game. This was the case for Esther. Her parents died and she was raised by her uncle, Mordecai. When the King was looking for a new queen, Esther won the “beauty contest” and was made queen. Later, Mordecai and all the people of Esther’s hometown faced execution, and she risked her life to go before the king and stop the plan. The decision to speak up was scary, but she asked for prayer and fasting from her friends to support her. The result was a stunning “upset victory” for Esther. The people of Susa survived because of her great play.
Often, sportscasters debate whether a sports team was really from a small enough program to deserve the “Cinderella” slipper. The same argument may surround Zacchaeus. He was a rich and important figure in Jericho, to be sure, but too small to see the Lord as he passed by one day. So the little guy takes a chance and goes out on a limb. Jesus takes notice, and calls him by name. “This day salvation has come to your house.” By laying it all on the line, Zacchaeus won salvation for his family.
There are more “Cinderella” stories to be written today. God continues to call the underdog. If you are willing to make the most of the breaks you have been given and step out in faith, he can work through you.
If the slipper fits, wear it.