I’m a BIG baseball fan, as many know. My team, I’m hesitant to admit, is the Washington Nationals. I’m a loyal but suffering fan, but that’s beside the point.
Yesterday, the playoffs began, and as most of you heard (or saw), Roy Halliday of the Phillies tossed only the second no-hitter in postseason history. I watched some of that game.
I watched as the Phillies scored early on the Cincinnati Reds and then as it appeared that there was no way the Reds were going to do anything against Halliday, I went off to do other things. I even said to Sharon, my wife, “I hate the Phillies (they’re in the same division as the Nationals, so I HATE ’em). If the Phillies are winning, then I’m not watching.” That was about the beginning of the sixth inning. I HADN’T NOTICED THERE WAS A NO HITTER IN PROGRESS!
I came back to the game around 7:30 or so and it was over and Halliday had pitched his no-hitter. I was astounded that I hadn’t noticed that it was in progress as I watched earlier.
As I went in to work this morning I thought about it again. Then I thought, “You know, that’s sort of like spiritual things. We often don’t notice while God’s at work around us, until something spectacular happens.”
I think that’s true if our spiritual “antenna” isn’t up and we’re not sensitive to what God wants to do around us. And then we miss it.
God’s at work RIGHT NOW around you and me. Do we see it?