A Sermon on the Mound
by Noah Hefley
March 26, 2022
A few nights ago I was watching spring baseball on the MLB network and it gave me a really good feeling…I suppose it brought back childhood memories of playing baseball and thoughts of how much I loved it when the spring rolled around and baseball began. I can recall vividly in my mind the distinct smell of spring in the air and the sight of beautiful green grass carpeting a baseball field. I remember the feeling of slipping my left hand in a glove, gripping the seams of the baseball in my right hand and then the sensation of whipping the arm around, flicking the wrist downward and hurling the ball to a teammate across the diamond. Oh and how beautiful is the distinct sound of a wooden bat making solid contact with a baseball? I don’t know that I enjoyed anything more than baseball when I was young. It was like heaven!
I know I loved it and like to think that I was pretty good at it. But I am suspicious that my recollection of my own ability probably exceeds the reality. Honestly, I may be better in my mind than I was on the field.
I like the story of the Little League kid who, despite his father’s high hopes, did not have a baseball career in his future. The kid gave it his best shot all season but he really wasn’t very good. Finally, the last game came around and his father was out of town. As soon as the father returned that evening, he asked his son how the game went. He was excited to hear his son say, “Dad, I was responsible for the winning run!” His dad said, “Son, that’s great! Tell me about it!” The boy said, “It was the bottom of the ninth, the score was tied, the bases were loaded, and one of the batters hit a pop fly to me in right field. I dropped the ball, and they scored the winning run.”
That’s kind of like life, isn’t it? Sometimes, despite our best efforts, we make errors on the field of life. We’re not perfect and our errors cost us!
We sometimes fantasize about how beautiful life could be—and indeed much of it can be. But, in truth, life’s realities can be hard, and our performance in life can be disappointing. That’s why grace is so important! In so much of life we need grace! Fortunately, God freely offers grace! The Lord said, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9). How amazing is that?
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