I am in Evansville this evening, having come down here on business – returning home tomorrow evening. Tonight, I occupied myself shopping for Janet’s birthday – that happens on April 2nd. I was pretty tired after the work of the day and I finally made it to dinner around 9 pm. I went to one of those restaurants that has televisions all over the place and decided to check up on email while I waited for dinner. I was casually looking around the room and finally noticed that there was a baseball game on in the background. It really didn’t occur to me that it has been a while since I watched a baseball game, but pretty soon, I realized that it is opening day 2014.
The announcers were all jazzed because it has been a while since they called a major league game during the season. And everybody got off to a fast start with wild expectations about how everything will turn out later down the line.
I couldn’t help but recall how much my father loved his Chicago Cubs and how I was raised listening to ballgames on the radio. Dad would have the radio or the TV on in the background and every once in a while he would take the afternoon off and head to a game. I was a White Sox fan. It’s not that I didn’t like the Cubs, but the White Sox had that great scoreboard and it was rumored that it cost $50 to shoot off the fireworks whenever a player on the team hit a home run. I loved to watch those games – hoping to see the famous scoreboard in all its glory.
Frankly, these days, I don’t much care to spend my time watching sports, but there was a day when I knew pretty much all about baseball – way back when … but it does go to show us that the cycle of the seasons still carries on. And that as spring follows winter, baseball will be here to keep us company throughout the summer and into the fall. The verse for this evening is the famous verse from Ecclesiastes 3:1, “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven…” My encouragement this evening is that God is dependable – just like the seasons that follow one after another. My prayer is that you will put your trust in Him and that you will realize that God expects you to be dependable as well – always sharing the Good News of Jesus Christ whenever the opportunity presents itself. Have a great day in the Lord, grace and peace…