My brother Steve’s favorite baseball player was Lee Mazzilli of the New York Mets. I have no idea why he was, but in 1979, Stev and I went to Riverfront Stadium to watch the Reds and the Mets play. Mazzilli’s first at bat came and I made some comment about his inability to hit against the Reds and Steve said, “I’ll bet a coke he will get a hit in his first at bat.” After his first out, Steve said, “Double or nothing on his next time to the plate.” This went on the entire game. 0-4 for the game meant Steve owed me 8 cokes. I’m still waiting for the payoff!
Memories, they are a blessing and a curse. How do you simply get over 52 years of moments like the one mentioned above. Story after story, where we laughed, cried, prayed, and played. Truth is you don’t get over it. Time has a way of easing the pain, but the pain lasts. Perhaps the magnitude of the hurt only reflects the depth of the love. God gives so much comfort to those who love Him, and through loss our faith is to be strengthened. But there is still pain.
I Peter 1:6,7 “In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith--of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire--may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.”
A couple of my best friends are going through some really trying times in their lives right now. When we wore a younger man’s clothes life was so simple. As we grow older the back drop of our world changes, loss, sickness, troubles and trials seem to come far to fast. How do you keep faith when faith seems so far away? Know that God is always near.
Never will there be a time, even when you are broken, that God will relinquish the throne. He will stay the creator and sustainer of all things. He loves you and is well aware of the valleys you walk through. His love never fails! Though the outcome of your various trails may not be what you want, God made you for all time. He dwells in the eternal.
I have to go now, I’m thirsty. Does anyone know if Lee Mazzilli still plays baseball? I could use a coke!