Longing for a Better Game

Matthew 13:17 For truly, I say to you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.

 

My son and grandkids invited me to go watch the Astros play last night. It's been some time since I saw a live professional baseball game and the prospect of spending the evening with some of my favorite people made it sound like the perfect evening. And it was, sort of. The Astros won, they hit two home runs, and we got to watch security chase down a man who ran onto the field late in the game. So how could I have anything to complain about? It was a perfect evening with a perfect outcome. Yet I longed for more, I would have enjoyed a little more excitement, more hits, more base runners, things to keep you on the edge of your seat until the last minutes of the game. Don't get me wrong, I loved the evening with my family, and the win, but my human nature gave me that longing for more.

 

We've been given the greatest of gifts, and the greatest of privileges, a relationship with the Creator of the Universe. Yet how many times do we as people get caught up in the "isn't there something more" kind of thinking? We find ourselves longing for some excitement, some drama that would keep our attention, and keep us on the edge of our seats?" Perhaps that is why Jesus reminded the disciples of the magnitude of the opportunity they had been given, and just perhaps we need to remember the same truth. We have been given the very best, let's spend more time enjoying it, basking in it, and inviting others to share in it with us rather than wondering what else we should be getting.