I was channel surfing today when I stumbled across a documentary on Jimmy the Greek. ESPN’s 30 for 30 entitled The Legend of Jimmy the Greek reveals events which lead this man to become an analyst on the NFL Today on CBS. Known for his advanced knowledge on setting the betting line for sporting events, Jimmy had a tough life. His mother and aunt were both killed by a disgruntled uncle who then took his own life when Jimmy was ten. Years later, three of Jimmy’s children all died of the same disease. These events caused Jimmy to become mad at God for several years, a what about me moment in life.
“I cry out to you, God, but you do not answer; I stand up, but you merely look at me, ” Job 30:20.
Thousands of years earlier another man had his own series of disappointments. Job endured a few disasters resulting in the loss of his animals, possessions and children. Like Jimmy the Greek, Job begins to doubt God’s existence, unable to comprehend why his prayers weren’t answered. Job is confused as his understanding of God’s nature does what match what is actually happening. Thus, Job cries out for help, “what about me God?”
Yet when I hoped for good, evil came; when I looked for light, then came darkness, Job 30:26.
These two men aren’t the only ones who have suffered heartache in life. Many people can relate to the passage above as you hope for good only to find disappointment. If you ever have your own what about me moment, don’t blame God for your problems. Rather, seek counsel to ascertain what the Lord is trying to teach you through these trials. Time has a way of sorting things out. For now, may the Holy Spirit direct and guide you until answers for the questions you still have arrive.
by Jay Mankus