The Monday feature of the Worldly Saints blog focuses on a story from the sports world – current or historic. The goal is to recognize athletes who are using their sports and athletic abilities to further the kingdom of God or to show how some athletes or teams are wasting their days by not giving God the glory.
Tomorrow night is Game 1 of the World Series. This year’s Fall Classic features the Kansas City Royals (95-67) and the New York Mets (90-72). There is certainly a buzz around my part of the country (Wichita, in south central Kansas), because of the repeat visit to the World Series by the Royals. I would be shocked to see a Mets jersey or hat around these parts. Instead, all I have seen is all blue and white with KC logos.
As a Giants fan, conventional wisdom says to cheer for the team in your League and since the Mets are in the National League, that should be my team.
But I am rooting for the Royals this year.
You see, last year my Giants won their 3rd World Series in 5 years when they defeated the Royals in 5 games. I made a few “enemies” last year by wearing my orange and black and rooting against this state’s team; so I hope to gain those “enemies” as “friends” this year.
The World Series is one of my favorite sporting events of the year, because it isn’t decided in one night or one game. It is decided in a best of 7 games; so at the very least there will be 4 games played. Each game consists of different pitchers, sometimes different batting lineups, etc.
If you lose 1 game (unless it’s the elimination game), you always have a chance to win the next game. And even if you are down 3-1 in the Series, you can always come back and still win the whole thing. Just ask the Boston Red Sox in the 2000’s.
The way this championship is decided is a microcosm of life. Life is a journey; it is often times slow; it contains roadblocks, obstacles and setbacks. It doesn’t go the way you thought it should go.
Proverbs 16:9 says, “The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.”
God never consults us for how our daily lives should go. He doesn’t adjust to our wishes or wants. He is a Sovereign God will has already determined the path of each of our lives.
Jeremiah reminds us, “I know, O Lord, that the way of man is not in himself, that it is not in man who walks to direct his steps” (Jer 10:23).
God’s sovereignty is a trust-builder. I cannot imagine worshipping a God who did not guide each of our steps and have completer and utter control of this universe. John Calvin once wrote, “Nothing will more effectually preserve us in a straight and undeviating course, than a firm persuasion that all events are in the hand of God, and that He is as merciful as He is mighty.”
Today, I rest in His sovereignty? Will you?