If you have a friend or family member who is super into baseball like me, please be advised of treacherous waters ahead starting today. Be ready to encounter some strange attitudes such as mild depression, lack of motivation, or they may just be slightly irritable. If you should catch them eating large quantities of left over Halloween candy, realize it’s a temporary coping mechanism. They will get over it. However, if you can remove all such candy from the house before the victim notices, all the better. If you should catch them staring off at nothing, let them be; they are going through decompression much like a diver coming up out of the water. If they come up too fast, there can be serious consequences.
Simply put, your friend is going through baseball withdrawals. At some point today it will dawn on them that there are no more baseball games to follow, and pretty much anything could happen at that point. Take extra precaution. Be patient with them. Give them some space. Remove all sharp objects just to be safe. Be willing to talk at length about the World Series, but be sensitive. For some people that may be the worst thing you could do.
Actually, if you can feel any connection with any of this, you can probably grasp a little of what it must have been like for the disciples of Jesus to cope with the disappearance of the physical presence of Christ. Imagine spending every day of three years in the presence of the Son of God, and then suddenly He is gone. What do you do? Your whole life has been adjusted to this new reality.
He told them to wait, but He didn’t tell them how long. That’s almost cruel. What if you’re a planner? What if you have A.D.D. like Peter? What do you do? You wait. You elect a twelfth apostle, and then you wait some more. You prepare for something, but you don’t know what. You pray a lot. You study the Talmud, especially the prophetic passages that prophesied you have come to know and love.
Does God ever have you waiting — for what? — you may not even know. For how long? I feel as if we are all waiting right now.
Here’s one thing we know about waiting: Prepare to be used. This is a gospel of action, and this is the ongoing Book of Acts we are living. If He’s got you waiting, it will not be for long. So turn the waiting into preparing. Join our study group. Get involved. Become a MemberPartner. Truth is: we should all be getting ready for something, because something’s coming. That’s what this transformation generation is all about.
As for all our baseball friends, there is light at the end of the tunnel. Of all professional sports, baseball enjoys the longest season. Eight months to be exact. That’s two-thirds of a year. Cheer up: there are only 16 weeks, or four very short months, or 112 days until spring training.