I don’t even know Kobe on a personal level ( I’m not telling you something you don’t already know ) but I slept horribly last night. Somehow I thought Kobe was invincible, that tragedies like this kind couldn’t happen to Kobe, the black mamba. On Saturday I was at a friend’s funeral and in the past month and a half I have already had to deal with two close friends’ deaths. As close as those friends were to me, kobe’s passing seemed to have had a grander instant toll on me and I can’t explain why. Maybe it’s because it was unexpected, maybe it’s because of his daughter and the other individuals that had not planned on dying suddenly on Sunday, maybe it’s because of the family that is left behind – his wife Vanessa , the newborn and his two other young children. I don’t know what it is, but it’s a very difficult thing to process. Then the Lord brought to my attention Isaiah 6,
Isaiah’s Vision of the Lord
6 In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train[a] of his robe filled the temple. 2 Above him stood the seraphim. Each had six wings: with two he covered his face, and with two he covered his feet, and with two he flew. 3 And one called to another and said:
“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord of hosts;
the whole earth is full of his glory!”[b]
4 And the foundations of the thresholds shook at the voice of him who called, and the house was filled with smoke. 5 And I said: “Woe is me! For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts!”
Some of you may ask what does this passage have to do with Kobe , and to that I will respond with everything.
Uzziah was very young when he began to reign ,
Uzziah was sixteen years old when he began to reign, and he reigned fifty-two years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Jecoliah of Jerusalem. 4 And he did what was right in the eyes of the Lord, according to all that his father Amaziah had done. 5 He set himself to seek God in the days of Zechariah, who instructed him in the fear of God, and as long as he sought the Lord, God made him prosper.
Uzziah ‘s fame was international ( he revolutionized warfare )
V8:”The Ammonites paid tribute to Uzziah, and his fame spread even to the border of Egypt, for he became very strong.”
V 15:”In Jerusalem he made machines, invented by skillful men, to be on the towers and the corners, to shoot arrows and great stones. And his fame spread far, for he was marvelously helped, till he was strong.”
So when Uzziah died, the people didn’t know what to do afterwards; he had been so influential in shaping the lives of the people. So you can imagine how his death was synonymous with “ what are we going to do now”.
In the same way kobe’s sudden death to the basketball community worldwide is synonymous with now what – because he is a legendary player whose impact on the game of basketball is international.
I want to be very careful with the things that I say in the sentences to come. Isaiah went into the temple of the Lord still mourning and confused about what to do next. But Scripture says that – he beheld the Lord sitting on His throne. In other words Uzziah was a placeholder and when he finished his God given task on earth , the Lord called him back home. In the same way the only way I can explain kobe, his daughter and the other individuals deaths is that they were placeholders and now that they have accomplished their earthly purpose, God has called them back home to live forever with him. Peter nailed it as he gave his farewell speech prior to being executed,
12 Therefore I intend always to remind you of these qualities, though you know them and are established in the truth that you have. 13 I think it right, as long as I am in this body,[h] to stir you up by way of reminder, 14 since I know that the putting off of my body will be soon, as our Lord Jesus Christ made clear to me. 15 And I will make every effort so that after my departure you may be able at any time to recall these things.
Our earthly bodies are temporal but our spiritual bodies are everlasting. The great king Solomon said that the house of mourning is better than the house of pleasure. Kobe, his daughter , and the other people’s deaths were not in vain. There was not one soul yesterday that wasn’t affected , there was not one individual yesterday who didn’t reflect on life’s true purposes. Mourning these deaths led us to look toward heaven where God promises that one day, there will be no more pain , no more tears , no more deaths , no more heartaches. And God gave us infallible proofs of this by raising Jesus from the dead. Read my post below about the proof of the resurrection
Tragedies take our eyes off earthly comfort so we can look toward the heavens. We all have faced it some way or another and our only hope to make sense of all this is to remember that the Lord is still on the throne, sovereign. Although we feel pain we know that all things ( death , hunger , pain , disappointments , insert whatever you want ) work together for good for those who love God and have been called according to His purpose.
Yesterday this is the only video that I wanted to watch. I’m a chubby guy but I can’t tell you how many times I have watched this video of kobe’s Signature moves. The little footwork that I have acquired was a result of watching these countless times.
Until we see you again Kobe , thank you for everything that you have given us – you truly lived out whatever you do , do it heartily as unto the Lord