High Five’s or New Rules

I have been thinking about Game 6 all day today. The game had so many amazing features and I didn’t even turn it on until the 8th inning. Even though I am not a huge fan of either team, two of my favs are in the series: Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton…neither disappointed last night.
However, the clear MVP of the game was David Freese…he pulled off a night that was simply amazing. In the 9th inning he belted a 2 run triple that tied the score and sent the game into extra innings. After Josh Hamilton pounded out a 2 run homer the Cards tied it with some scattered hits.
So we get to the bottom of the 11th inning and the score is tied 9-9.
WHACK!!!
It was over. David Freese hit a walk off home run to send the series into Game 7. I have been trying to imagine what it would have felt like when he realized his ball cleared the fence. I have also have been wondering what it felt like as he rounded 3rd base and saw all of his teammates (I have attached a picture) waiting for him.
I have also imagined what it would have felt like to be a teammate waiting…
After looking at their faces, it is obvious that they are so excited for Freese to come home. The reunion at home plate was pretty special. They were so overwhelmed with emotion that they all wanted shout for joy and hug him and then proceed to tear off his shirt.

Before that amazing game last night, while waiting for Alexa to finish her soccer practice, I was playing with the kids on a playground. There were a few older kids who were playing tag. I stayed pretty close so that if one of them ran over Dallas it wouldn’t take me long to pick up the pieces. It took quite a while for the kid who was “it” to tag anyone else. Finally, he made a move and hit the boot of another kid
Rule change…
The one who had been tagged decided that it would be best to clarify the “rules” to state that one must be tagged on their actual body and that a boot would not work. After that interaction, the game of tag died out and the kids went their separate ways.
That simple game of tag and the reunion at home plate illustrate two totally different emotions. The kids playing tag didn’t want the person who was “it” to come close. They did everything they could to stay away. In order for them to do this, they had to constantly be on the run. There was no rest.
The reunion at home plate was marked by guys who could not wait for their hero to get around the bases so that they could congratulate and thank him.
When it comes to our relationship with God, some people seem to think it is best to stay away from Him out of fear that God will catch them. On the other hand, there are those who are overwhelmed with excitement for and anticipation of the presence of God.
The difference is found in our view of God…if we see God as a sort of Cosmic policeman waiting to arrest us as soon as we make a mistake then we will do our best to steer clear of Him. However, if we see Him as the hero of our life we will yearn for his presence.
This Sunday, we get to study one of the greatest chapters in the Bible…Revelation 4. This passage goes to great lengths to describe the person, nature and gift of God. It is my prayer that we will see Him as our Loving Redeemer who is worthy of all our praise.
Now for game 7….and a bit more sermon prep (not necessarily in that order =)).
Troy

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