The Roar of the Crowd
If you have been reading this weblog for very long, you already know that I love baseball. The team I have followed since I was a ten-year old girl, the Atlanta Braves (then the Milwaukee Braves) happen to be in the season play-offs this year. Now regular baseball is exciting to me, but post season is even better.
It just so happens that the game is in our hometown stadium tonight and the crowd is loud; it is roaring loud. Add to that a grand-slam homerun was just hit by a rookie Braves player. The excitement of the crowd just came right over the radio waves!
It’s only the second inning.
ow, it happens that I was in the political crowd that wanted Judge Kavanaugh confirmed to the Supreme Court. All of us in the same persuasion let out collective cheers last Saturday when the votes confirmed him. We were not in a stadium but as you know, my imagination can get away from me!
Every time a person finishes radical surgery followed by extensive chemo therapy and comes out clean, collectively a whole team of medical caregivers, family, friends, and even neighbors give out whopping cheers. Prayer supporters give out vocal “Praise the Lord” and you will see many high fives happening.
In the parable of the lost sheep, Jesus said that there is rejoicing in Heaven over the one lost sheep now found that in the 99 sheep that were safe in the fold and there is joy in Heaven over that found sheep. So, it is my understanding that in Heaven there is a grandstand of cheering when we win victories here on earth. I imagine a roaring crowd!
The lonesome victories are those fought in the arenas of temptation. No one cheers when a temptation to eat a big helping of dessert is overcome. No one knows except the person facing the struggle to say, “No thanks.” Passing up a sales rack when the budget will not allow even a small purchase can be challenging. No roaring crowd is around.
So, let’s do this: Use your imagination to hear a stadium of angels cheering you on as you round the bases in the grand slam “No.” You may say it quietly, courageously, but the stadium in Heaven is roaring.