History in the Making

By: Lilia Croghan

Colossians 3:12

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.

 

I love to watch history in the making. I like to be able to say that I was there when it happened; whether I saw it on TV or in person doesn't matter.

On November 1, 2010 history was certainly going to be made if our local baseball team, the San Francisco Giants, beat the Texas Rangers. The last time the Giants won a World Series was in 1954. My husband Mike and I were very excited. Mike came home early from work. I had prepared all our favorite game foods. We were ready to enjoy watching the game together. No sooner had the first pitch been thrown than the doorbell rang. I ran to answer it and there on the front step was my good friend. She looked sad and asked me if we could take a walk. She needed to talk. I wanted to say, "NOW?!”

I grabbed my jacket and told my husband I would be back soon. We walked for a long time. My friend was going through a rough time. When I got home my husband was ecstatic. "We won!” he exclaimed. All I could think about was the fact that I had missed this historic game.

Going to work with him the next day was brutal. Every time he picked up the phone, all I heard was talk about the game.

For Christmas that year one of our sons gave his dad a poster-sized picture of that monumental game. Mike hung it up proudly in his office. It's the first thing I see when I go there to help him. When I see it, I am reminded of how puny my sacrifice was compared to Christ’s sacrifice on the cross. I could always go to YouTube and watch that historic game, but I could never go back and be there for my friend if I had chosen differently.

 

TAKE THE CHALLENGE: How can I have more of Christ’s peace in my heart?