I love baseball. It hasn’t always been that way. When I was younger, I would make myself scarce when my dad would put it on tv because it seemed like the longest way to spend 3ish hours. Golf was in that same category. Then I met a man who loves the game and had a son who could have gone pro (ok, maybe that is a little mom-talk 😉). I have converted. I am a fan.
I recently went to watch my Atlanta Braves play live. That is SO fun for me…laughing and cutting up with the people you went with, and the people sitting around you, because let’s face it, after 3 hours, you are either friends, or you look for other seats!
Being at the game gave me a nice break from work and responsibilities that are taking up more of my time, lately. It was so nice to leave that all behind for a day and just enjoy the fun and funny activities of a live sporting event.
We all need to take breaks from the rat race. It gives us sanity. A time to work a different part of our brain that lies latent during the push to address the urgent. It increases the amount of the happy hormone, serotonin, floating around in our brains.
Jesus knew the value of pushing away from the normal and enjoying Himself for some restoration. He seemed to have a special connection with kids, and that is one group that won’t put up with fake friends or those who put on airs with children. When Jesus was around, the kids didn’t want to leave, even when the other disciples tried to shoo them away. Jesus basically said, “lay off, I like hanging with them, and will do so even in heaven!” Jesus also enjoyed hanging out with friends and considered Mary, Martha, and Lazarus to be in that special group (John 11:5).
Similarly, Jesus was often the last to leave the church, too. You know these people…or you are one. The socializing after the teaching and worship is the favorite part. Jesus sent His disciples on ahead of Him on a couple of occasions so that He could hang out with the people before departing (Mark 6:45). He invited Himself to a dinner party on several occasions, as well (Luke 19:5, Mark 2:14-15). This is my kind of guy!! It seemed that Jesus enjoyed communion with His creation, humans, in all kinds of formats. This kept Him stimulated and in touch with the hearts of the audiences, and individuals, that He loves and wanted to reach.
I don’t know if Jesus ever went to a baseball game when He was here on earth, but I feel He gives us the joy to enjoy such things. I was there with my most favorite person, watching my most favorite team, and even got to enjoy the sweetness of victory…oh, and a free hotdog at the end! Bonus!
I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:17-19