WHAT'S WRONG WITH THAT BALL?


WHAT'S WRONG WITH THAT BALL?

Bob Plunkett
    Have you ever noticed how many baseballs they throw out of a game?  If the ball hits the ground the umpire will look at it and pitch it out.  If the batter doesn't lake the ball sometimes they throw it out.  If the pitcher can't get it over the plate he asks for a new ball.  I think the umpire just puts that one in his pocket and throws it back to him a little later and he never knows the difference.
    It amazes me now to think of the baseballs we had to play with when we were boys.  They were cheap to start with and when we hit them a few times they became lopsided.  They looked like a real thick pancake, but we would beat on them trying to get them round again.  By that time the seam was broken and the stuffing came out.  Mother would take a needle and thread and sew the seam again, and we played with it a while longer.
    Have you noticed that not too many things are patched up anymore?  We just toss them out.  I guess it's the sign of an affluent society.  When clothes are torn or worn we pitch them out.  The car starts giving trouble, we trade it.  When appliances start making strange noises we get new ones.  Broken furniture is not fixed, but replaced.  I am afraid that relationships are now in this category.  We don't patch marriages anymore, we just toss them over to the side and try again.
    I am so thankful that God is not like this.  God always looks for the good left in the ball.  He does not pitch it out because it has a spot on it.  By His cleansing power, He removes the spot.  John says it best in 1 John 1:9, "If we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive us of all of our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."  David, who was soiled by sin said,  "Wash me and I shall be whiter than snow" (Psalm 51:7).  Isaiah said, "Though your sins are like scarlet they shall be white as snow.  Though they be red like crimson they shall be like wool" (Isaiah 1:18).    How thankful we ought to be that we are not thrown out of the game because we have spots and stains.  What's wrong, then, with that ball?  God says, "Nothing that I can't cleanse and make new." If we believe and obey him.


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