This week NBA players finally arrived in Orlando to hopefully restart the NBA season. They are doing it in Orlando, at Disney World, in a BUBBLE. Well not a literal bubble, but one they’ve attempted to build around the players and teams. They will be staying and playing at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. The league has created 113 pages worth of protocols and regulations to protect everyone and hopefully, keep Covid-19 out.
We’ll see how that goes ...
Several years ago, in Oracle, Arizona, an actual BUBBLE was built. It was built to serve as a center for research, outreach, teaching and learning about the Earth and how everything works. The Biosphere 2 project began in 1984, was financed by Ed Bass who provided over $150 million in funding and led by systems ecologist, John P. Allen.
It was a man-made environment to study how the Earth’s systems function and flourish without outside forces. In other words, what life would be like IN A BUBBLE.
One of the things they discovered, according to Joseph Sturniolo, was “There were trees growing in the structure and when they had reached almost to the top of the dome, they simply fell over. Why was that? No wind! It appears that the wind helps a tree grow deeper roots and the limbs to grow stronger. It is through the tension provided by the deeper roots and longer limbs that the trees can grow strong and healthy.” 1
In 1978, Bernie Marcus, the son of a poor Russian cabinetmaker in Newark, New Jersey, was fired from Handy Dan, a do-it-yourself hardware retailer. Being fired is never a path any of us would choose. But it led Bernie to Arthur Blank and in 1979, they opened their first Home Depot. The rest, as they say, is history. But don’t miss this: If he hadn’t been fired …
Let’s face it, we’d all like to have a life free from adversity. But the only place to do that is in a cemetery.
Mark Batterson said, “‘May the odds be ever in your favor’ is the motto of the Hunger Games, but that isn’t how it works in the kingdom of God. It’s more like ‘May the odds be ever against you.’ Impossible odds set the stage for God’s greatest miracles! And apparently God loves long shots. Isn’t that why He removed 9,700 soldiers from Gideon’s army? Isn’t that why He let the fiery furnace be heated seven times hotter? Isn’t that why He didn’t show up until Lazarus was four days dead?” 2
JESUS warned we were going to have trouble in this world (John 16:33) and his brother, James, told us to “count it all joy ” when the troubles come (James 1:2). I know you don’t want to read that any more than I want to write it. Let’s face it, we’d all like to have a life free from adversity. But the only place to do that is in a cemetery.
The fact is we can’t live life in a bubble. It’s the trials and troubles, adversities and tragedies of life that help us become the people God wants us to become. The Bible says, “If you falter in times of trouble, how small is your strength!” (Proverbs 24:10)
You can spend your life looking for bubbles every time adversity arrives. Or you can buckle down in the midst of it, look for the blessings and trust the One Who gives them.
© 2020. Barry L. Cameron
1 Sturniolo, Joseph S. The Master's Plan: Building Impactful Christian Family Legacies. Xulon Press, 2016. Pg. xii.
2 Batterson, Mark Chase the Lion. Multnomah. 2018. Pgs. 34-35.
Barry L. Cameron has been the Senior Pastor of Crossroads since 1992 when the church was averaging 188 in morning worship. Pastor Cameron and his wife, Janis, have three children and two grandsons. He’s the author of the bestseller: The ABCs of Financial Freedom, Contagious Generosity, and The Financial Freedom Workbook. The Cameron family has been completely debt free since November 2001.