December 4, 2019

What I Read Today;

2 Corinthians 10; John 9; Hosea 13-14; Proverbs 26; Ezra 9-10; Deuteronomy 7

When I was ten years old, I caught the baseball fan bug.  I couldn’t get enough baseball.  My brother and I played Wiffle ball from sun up until sundown.  If he were busy or gone, I’d stand outside in the garage, swing a bat, or throwing a ball up in the air.  I watched every Cubs game, didn’t miss Monday night or Saturday afternoon baseball.   In the wintertime, I’d grab the newspaper and listen to Les Grobstein on WGN, just waiting for some news about a trade involving the Cubs.  As  I got older, football became another passion.    I idolized many of the players.  When the Bears won the Superbowl in 1986, I thought I’d died and gone to heaven.

But as I got older, events began to change how I felt about professional sports and the athletes and owners of the teams.  I wasn’t thrilled with the 1982 and 1987 NFL Strikes.  The 1994-1995 MLB Strike left me bitter.  When Pete Rose was banned for life after being convicted of tax evasion and gambling, I was not happy. I turned to other sports and marveled when I saw a bike rider from Texas have a seemingly miraculous recovery from cancer and then go on to win 7 Tour De France victories.  When he was outed for PED use, all I could do was shake my head.

It’s easy to get cynical.  People can and will let you down.

In Jesus’ day, people were just as cynical.  When Jesus heals a blind beggar, the Pharisees look for every possible angle.  It’s too hard to believe that this is not some sort of trick.  Their cynicism has left them looking for reasons not to believe their eyes.  It becomes easier to see the miracle as some sort of fraud rather than an incredible gift from a mighty God.  The religious leaders had lost the ability to simply glory in the gifts of God.

Our world will try and destroy our ability to just sit back and revel at God’s wondrous works.  It will try and strip us down and make us cold and callous.  That’s why it’s so important to take time each and every day to sit silently and just wonder at the awesome love and power of God. To ponder the grace and mercy that Jesus brings to us.  To give thanks for the Love of God that keeps us safe and holds us tightly.

The world will do everything it can to destroy our childlike faith.  Live your life in the Holy Spirit and let God’s grace renew that awestruck wonder in your life that is missing!

 

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