These paragraphs are not simply nostalgia. The memories were prompted in prayer. God pointed to the lesson of little league as good counsel for my soul. Jesus reminded me that even He could do nothing unless He first saw the Father doing it. Jesus waited for the Father to take the initiative. My youthful urge to run all over the baseball diamond chasing the action, is tempered by His example. When God has a job that only this centre fielder can fulfill, He will send the ball my way. If I thrust myself upon the infield, I leave a gap in the position that I am meant to play. If I lose focus on God’s actions and begin to stare at clouds, I may not be prepared to do the part God has just for me. So, I keep my heart prepared and my skills sharpened to respond to the Hand of God. What does this have to do with us?
As a congregation, we currently find ourselves in a liminal space. We can see the pages that have already been turned in our story, but we do not yet see what the next chapter will be. And we are all vitally interested in finding out! We’d like to hurry the story along, but our task right now is to stand in centre field. We watch and wait. The play is God's - not ours. We can't do anything until He hits the ball our way (so to speak). We stand with confidence that He has placed us where He wants me to be. We trust that the decades of training and preparation are not to be wasted. God has something He wants us to do. So, we wait, even if we feel impatient.
Liminal places are not unusual. You may find yourself standing in an in-between time or space. You may be tempted to take matters into your own hand and save God the trouble of His own work. Or, you may be losing hope that there are any more plays for you to make. If you are distracted by anything and everything, let me be your coach for the moment. Prepare. Watch. Wait. Catch what God has for you and for all of us.