Only three days in on the commitment to post about thankfulness and already the cynicism is having to be escorted from the arena by armed security. That’s ok, because todays security experts are young and quite accomplished. With their foam fingers and their #5, #10, #1, and a myriad of other jersey numbers they are reminding us of what it is like when everything is right in the world.
In case you didn’t know the Braves won the World Series last night. Having resided in Georgia for the past 23 years I confess to sharing much of the skepticism that every Georgia fan shares. Remember, folks, I know Herschel is getting run in the news right now but he hasn’t been relevant – except for memories – for more than 4 (FOUR!) decades. Like Tyler Matzek who pitched lights out in the World Series we have a case of the yips.
But last night; grown men wept, ladies screamed, and pearls were clutched all across this great state. In the end the Braves were victorious and there is a feeling in the air that you can’t quite define. It’s not cockiness but there is certainly a feeling of invincibility.
Don’t skip over it. Don’t let your skepticism rule. This feeling. This aura. This hope has roots in our being made in the image of God. Is God a Braves fan? Well, that’s not really the question but the answer is certainly ‘yes.’
God is a God of hope. God is a God of new beginnings. God is a God of glorious redemption from untold suffering. So when the long-suffering franchise wins, those glorious realities – given to us by God – come spouting to the surface. Enjoy them. Revel in them. Use them to provoke yourself forward in an area in which you are struggling.
Here’s how the great poet David said it;