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Friday night’s basketball games were terrific. The girls went up against a team from Savannah, Georgia. Those girls came well prepared to win, and at one time in the game nearly took the lead. In the end, however, my daughter’s team prevailed with a fairly nice margin. It was the boys’ game in which the  score fluctuated rapidly from leading to trailing to leading. Back and forth like a tennis match it was. In the end, a three-point shot and and a lay-up into the bucket nailed it for the boys. Victory! Both the girls’ and boys’ basketball teams will compete Saturday in the state finals. This is a first for the high school. The boys and girls did a fabulous job.

And I found myself once again transfixed by the action. One thing I’d noted to myself before is the stance many of the girls use defending their goal. One girl in particular, on Friday night, really stuck out. As she approached an opponent who held the ball, she’d stand with a wide-footed stance, arms spread out from her body. Her eyes seemed to loose focus, her head and eyes pointed straight, but it was obvious to me she was looking left and right with her peripheral vision. Her head never moved. Her eyes never moved. She starred straight ahead glued to the ball, yet seemed to soak in all around her. As the girl with the ball moved, the defender moved along by shifting her entire body to follow the ball. It was really rather enchanting, like a snake following the charmers flute.

It occurred to me that with with our chief adversary, our opponent, running loose, we might well adopt a defensive basketball stance in that we need to be fully aware of our surroundings, of the situation in which we place ourselves each and every day. We fall when we act upon temptations. Better we are aware of them as they sneak upon us, and flee them before we are ensnared in them.

Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.

1 Peter 5:8

Lord Bless, Keep, Shine. . .