"When you lose something you can't find it. I know exactly where she is."
- NBA Coach Monty Williams, after his wife passed away
And bam! there it is. The quote heard around the world. Actually, Monty Williams entire 7 minute eulogy has reached epic proportions worldwide and for good reason. As a crowd of 900 hundred gathered to pay their respects, it is most likely they not only came away with peace, but inspired.
Oklahoma City Thunder assistant coach Monty William's wife Ingrid recently passed away from a car accident. Monty and his five children did what most families couldn't do, stand strong in faith.
Doctors told Monty when he was 18 years old not to play basketball anymore or he would die. Monty went on to continue playing at Notre Dame, then went to the NBA and played nine more seasons, before lending his talents to coaching. At Notre Dame, it was his future wife Ingrid who told him, "Jesus can heal you."
Within his inspired choice of words, Monty spoke of:
"God is Love."
And we have known and believed the love that God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in him. (1John 4:16)
"We can't lose sight of the fact that God loves us."
I think everyone was amazed at how Monty carried himself so strong through this emotional time, but he also made light of the fact his wife would probably slug him if he had a pity party. Just that comment alone says how strong their faith was in God.
He would continue on saying,
"God causes all things to work out. It doesn't mean it will be hard or painful, but it will work out."
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose." (Romans 8:28)
Somehow I get the feeling Ingrid is looking down and beaming from ear to ear.