The Home Stretch

Yesterday when I came back into the house after shoveling several tons of fresh, wet heavy snow, I was looking through some old photos for a blogging idea when I came upon this one…

Now I am not a Cubs fan particularly but I am a baseball fan… and spring training is beginning this week.  Boy, you put that together with shoveling (tons) of snow and all of a sudden I can’t wait!!!

I love football, and I used to enjoy basketball… but there’s always been something about baseball.  Maybe it’s all linked to childhood memories or something.  I can vividly remember the first time I ever went to a baseball game.  I was six… and walking into Dodger Stadium and seeing the enormity of the place for the first time was breathtaking.  The whole ambiance of the ballpark… it’s like it was yesterday.

The green grass, the crack of the bat (it was batting practice) the aroma of cigar smoke, hot dogs, peanuts… yum!  The players out on the field, Koufax, Drysdale, Gilliam, Wills, Tommy Davis… and on the other side it was the Cubs of all teams, Santo, Beckert, Banks, Billy Williams… a boy’s dream scenario!

And so as I turn to look out the window and see snow everywhere… baseball and spring are sounding really awesome…

Of course I haven’t been a little boy for more decades than I really care to think about, and I must remind myself that the Bible says there’s a time for every season under Heaven, and I know that the season right now is still winter… for another month more or less.  OK, and I must admit that so far the winter has been more mild than the last several. Even so, I can’t wait for baseball!

I thought I was finished with this post, but one more thought occurs to me.  In my present frame of mind I almost feel like I can understand how the disciples might have felt on that fateful day between the crucifixion and the resurrection; well at least a small percentage of it.  But the knowledge that Jesus rose from the dead seems to confirm that spring will surely come, and with it all of the wonders of that season.  Thank you, Lord for the order that you have given to all of our lives, and the certainty that not only will spring come soon, but for the certainty that You will too.

By the way, the Dodgers won that very first game that I went to, 3-2 if I recall correctly.  A little too close for comfort of course, but I was happy to have a win!

About Don Merritt

A long time teacher and writer, Don hopes to share his varied life's experiences in a different way with a Christian perspective.
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