Do you know what UMBC stands for? If you haven’t been tuning in to the recent college basketball tournament, you probably won’t understand the relevance of that question.
UMBC stands for University of Maryland, Baltimore County. They are a sixteenth seeded team in the college basketball tournament that will decide the national champion in a few weeks. Being the lowest seeded team, they matched up with the overall number one seeded Virginia in the first game of the tournament. Not many people gave the “Retrievers” a chance to upset the “Cavaliers” from Virginia.
The college basketball playoff system is intriguing because of the matchups that are created and by the end of the tournament a small school underdog team has upset one of the basketball powerhouses. In 2017, Xavier, the eleventh seed, upset Arizona, who was a second seed.
In the history of the tournament, a sixteenth seed had never upset a number one seeded team. On Friday night, history was made. UMBC thumped Virginia to advance to the second round of the tournament.
For non-basketball people this would be like Jacksonville State beating the University of Alabama in a football game.
In life, the “underdog” represents those that overcome the odds to succeed. Often times the scenarios that play out are outside of the control of those that represent the “dark horse” in the race. Many times we hear of patients miraculously waking up from comas, or beating a battle with cancer. These are real life examples of the sixteenth seed coming out on top.
Recently, a young woman was fighting for her life in a Birmingham hospital. The doctors weren’t sure what caused her to have severe seizures. The prognosis wasn’t good and the family had been made aware that their daughter may not make it through the night. Prayer warriors were called upon and although the chances of her surviving were very small, many people pleaded with the Good Lord for a miraculous healing. Almost simultaneously her condition began to improve and after a short period of time the young woman was able to come off the machines at the hospital and eventually come home. This was an exciting buzzer beater layup for the win for the “Long Shot.’
The Bible tells us many stories of heroics for the “Underdog.” David and Goliath would be one that may be familiar. With Easter right around the corner, most people will celebrate with family and kids will await the arrival of the Easter Bunny. The resurrection of Jesus is truly the greatest comeback story of all time. This remarkable event reassured Jesus’ disciples and Christians that Jesus is the Son of God and gives us all hope that we too will be raised to live eternally with God.
Matthew 28:18-20 gives a recollection of Jesus talking to his disciples.” All authority in heaven has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.
What are you waiting for? The Lord can propel you to the greatest victory of your life, bigger than the upset that occurred this weekend on the basketball court.