Jeremy Lin has been reflecting on his miraculous NBA run recently and using it to encourage people struggling with the unsettling pandemic that has affected countless people.
Lin,31, is a guard for the Beijing Ducks in the Chinese Basketball Association, but if you’ve been keeping up with the NBA for the past decade, you may remember his run known as Linsanity. In 2012, Lin became the first player in the history of the NBA to score at least 20 points and seven assists in each of his first four starting games with the New York Knicks.
He was playing in the D-league only a few months earlier but managed to also become the second highest scoring player in league history over a period of four game starts. People took notice and Lin even won the ESPY Award for Breakthrough Athlete of the Year.
The run was described as miraculous by many, but with the highs of the moment also came some lows. When his Linsanity run ended, so did a lot of support for Lin.
A few seasons after, Lin struggled with injuries and finding an NBA team to call home.
“The Knicks have been replaying the Linsanity stretch of games. I’m so thankful for the chance to relive that and hear about how fun of a time it was for others as well,” he wrote in a recent email to his digital prayer ministry. “Linsanity is obviously a crazy miraculous story that I’m so grateful for, and it’s easy to praise God for how good He is for giving me that story. But one thing I’ve had to learn over the years is God is as good as He was at the height of Linsanity as He is when things didn’t go the way I wanted them to.”
For Lin, looking back at those times serves as a reminder of how God was a part of every moment.
“For those who are discouraged today, one thing I try to do is look back at what God has done in your life,” he wrote. “We can all see God’s fingerprints and miracles in each of our stories. Look back to help push you forward!”
The athlete shared Psalm 62:5-6 which says, “Yes, my soul, find rest in God, my hope comes from him. Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.”
He related the Psalm to the unsettling times that so many people have been facing this year.
“I’ve said this so many times but 2020 is truly the craziest year! So many things have happened this year that we never, ever could have predicted,” Lin wrote. “For many of you, you have been sheltering in place for many days and are growing tired of it and the future is looking uncertain. I hope that this verse from Psalm is an encouragement to you to look to God for hope!”
Lin reminded us that God is “your rock, your salvation, your fortress! Even though the world may change and our circumstances are out of our control, He will be what keeps us from being shaken.”
I enjoyed watching him play during Linsanity… glad he didn’t let the end of his NBA career deter him