Years ago, when I became interested in the story of Jackie Robinson, I wondered what must have been going through his mind when he took the field in his first game in Major League Baseball.
What he was doing, unfortunately, to this point in time was unprecedented. African American players had been banned from the game until April 15, 1947. To become the first player to kick down this wall, Robinson had to have determination and perseverance to see it through. Because he did, baseball rosters began to reflect change.
What comes to mind when you think of the word treasure?
Maybe you see images of Captain Jack Sparrow and the Black Pearl in search of gold. Follow the map because “X” marks the spot.
Or, is it the stories of treasures hunters trying to find that which is lost — maybe, the “Curse of Oak Island” and its famed “money pit.”
Maybe for you, treasure is found on “Antiques Road Show” or “Pawn Stars”, where ordinary folks discover what their unique items are worth. Hey, I’ll call my buddy to come on down and take a look at what you’ve brought in!
“I’m not really that interesting. No one is going to care to listen to me.”
That was always the challenge when I was writing for a newspaper. Some people love to tell a story and some will share far more than you ever asked for. Then, there are those who don’t believe that anyone would care enough to read it.
If I had a dime for all the times I’ve heard someone say something along those lines, then I’d have a bagful of dimes. Seriously, though, that’s where people often go when asked to share something about themselves.
Maybe, that’s the way you feel about your life and your life story. However, I’m going to start with a very basic assumption: Everyone has a story to share.
I was sitting in a restaurant with my daughter today when I looked up at the baseball game playing on the television. My eye caught the headline at the bottom of the screen that Bill Buckner had died.
I remember the famed play from the 1986 World Series. I noticed one that Buckner was the outfielder for the Dodgers with Hank Aaron hit his record-setting home run. He had always seemed, in some ways, to have his entire career diminished by one moment in one game.
Then, on a whim, I wrote to MLB and asked for permission to attend and cover a legends baseball game. At the time, I was working in journalism and, amazingly, MLB said yes. I knew some of the names that would be there and had a chance to talk to Brooks Robinson, Wade Boggs and others.
This devotion is part of a series that I’m planning to write throughout Lent talking about the “re-” words that appear in scripture.
If the restoration and redemption of Easter is the destination, then where did the journey start?
To get a glimpse, here are some words of Jesus from the parable of the Prodigal Son.
“Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons. The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them. “Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant and there squandered his wealth in wild living. - Luke 15:11-13 (NIV)
That might as well be the modern equivalent of what Jesus asked Philip at the start of the famed story of Jesus feeding 5,000. Jesus is concerned about immediate need of this large group and he lays out this “test” for Philip. Maybe, Jesus, knowing what’s about to happen, is just having a little fun with one of his disciples before the big reveal. Honestly, Jesus has to have the greatest sense of humor ever created.
Philip’s response is basically, “Jesus, we don’t have enough money to solve this problem.”