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The Timing in a Dunk Contest

Published on February 17, 2017 | By
I may be in the minority on this one, but I love NBA All-Star weekend - especially Saturday night's dunk contest. The exciting scene is set with one guy, one basketball, one rim, and one big crowd watching incredible dunk after dunk.  Hoping to see clever dunks that make me jump out of my seat, I always look forward to this seasonal spectacle. Over the years, some of my favorite dunkers have been Kobe Bryant, Vince Carter, Andre Iguodala, and Aaron Gordon (he was especially awesome last year!). Although their athleticism and creativity are on display during the contest, the one crucial element to every top dunk is timing. The players must jump, spin, release, throw and catch the ball at just the right time. If they rush a dunk or mistime their jump, the dunk ends up being unsuccessful. To win a dunk contest, the timing of the players performing each unique slam is also important. They usually want to save their best one for last, but need enough good dunks to get in the final. Determining the right order is critical for getting the scores needed to win. There is generally a lot of truth in the saying, “timing is everything,” as it affects many areas of our lives. For me personally, the timing was right when I was single and bumped into my wife in the coffee line at church...when I started UNPACKIN’ it...and when I went to Appalachian State during the championship years. I can look back at my life and see how important timing has always been. Waiting for the right time is part of the process. As we trust that God is in control and place our faith in Him, there are seasons and situations where He allows us to wait. During the wait time, God develops our character and dependence on Him. Usually this means that some of the details aren’t ready yet, but God is still working everything out and answering our prayers at the proper time, according to His will and plan. We’re able to look back and see the significance in waiting, and ultimately realize that rushing things wouldn't have been in our best interest. In order to persevere while waiting, we must have tremendous faith and gain our strength from God. We must continue turning to Him during these moments of uncertainty, and trust in His perfect timing. We can be encouraged by the words found in Micah 7:7 (NLT), "As for me, I look to the Lord for help. I wait confidently for God to save me, and my God will certainly hear me." Today, let’s not try and get ahead of God, but instead seek Him and believe He’s working in us and through us for His purposes. As we wait, we know He’s in control and His timing always leads to a slam dunk! I’m Bryce Johnson and you can unpack that! PRAYER: Heavenly Father, I admit how much I struggle with waiting. I’m impatient and frustrated when things take longer than I think they should. Please help me trust You and Your timing, and believe You are moving in amazing ways. I thank you in advance for my answered prayers that align with Your will. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

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