Let’s ponder life issues in the midst of social distancing

It has been an interesting and weird year so far, wouldn’t you say?

Bye bye NBA, NHL, March Madness, the start of Major League Baseball, the Masters Golf Tournament, the Kentucky Derby, and the 2020 Summer Olympic Games.

This is the first time in memory that the Kansas High School State Basketball Tournament canceled the semifinals and finals after playing the first-round games.

A sports columnist is required to be creative when there are no sports to talk about, right?

At the very least, we have more time to ponder life issues than we have in a long time. For example, we regularly hear how many people have died­­ from COVID-19, but how many people have survived the illness?

COVID-19 is nothing to sneeze at. It’s serious and real. It’s a pandemic to be sure, and instead of complaining, we should be thankful these don’t occur more often. The unknown is particularly unsettling. Only God knows how many people will die from this virus.

According to the Bible, death, destruction, disease, pandemics and famines have occurred throughout history, ever since Adam and Eve sinned. God let them eat from every tree in the Garden of Eden, except one. That’s a great deal. But they succumbed to temptation, choosing to eat from the forbidden tree with the mistaken belief that they could be like God.

As Easter Sunday was just a few days ago, we would do well to ponder why God sent Jesus into the world to die for our sins. In return, God asks us to believe, ask for forgiveness of our sins, and follow Him.

Of course, there are many things to ponder in life that are less significant, but things we still care about.

For high school sports fans, we can ponder whether the state basketball tournaments should have been allowed to continue for the kids and coaches, without fans in attendance. The games could have been played and shown over the Internet. A fee could have been charged to see the events to help with revenue.

If the state tournament had been played through the weekend, would the Hillsboro High School boys team have completed an improbable run to a championship, having already defeated the No. 2 ranked team in the sub-state finals, and the No. 1 seeded team in the first round of state?

Would KU have won a national championship in men’s basketball, or would Gonzaga or another team have won it all?

Did the weird ending to the college basketball season save the jobs of some coaches whose jobs may have been in jeopardy?

Why does baseball call it a foul pole and not a fair pole, if a ball hitting the pole in the air is a home run?

But enough of my ponderings. Let me share a few ponderings from Christian comedian Aaron Wilburn:

If a No. 2 pencil is the most popular pencil in the world, why isn’t it No. 1?

If Jimmy cracked corn and no one cares, why do they sing a song about it?

And if somebody offers you a penny for your thoughts, and you put in your 2 cents worth, what happens to the other penny?

If quitters never win and winners never quit, who came up with “Quit while you’re ahead.”

If it’s true that we’re here to help others, what are the others here for?

How much Healthy Choice ice cream can I eat before it’s not a Healthy Choice?

And what happens if you get scared half to death twice?

Who was the first person to look at a cow and say, “Hmmm, I think I’ll squeeze those dangly things and drink whatever comes out?”