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“Who is mine adversary? Let him come near to me. ”Isaiah 50:8 KJV
If you talk to enough birders you will discover a well-kept secret. Everyone has a “nemesis bird,” a bird they should have seen, but never have. A nemesis bird is one that all your friends report seeing periodically, even frequently, but that has always eluded you. You go to the proper habitat, at the right season of the year, at the right time of day, but you never find the bird you are seeking. Others tell you where they have seen the bird, even show you pictures of it, but you never find one yourself. It is your adversary…your nemesis bird. My personal nemesis bird has changed over the years, because as soon as I find the bird, another bird takes its place on the list.
Many times, when searching for a nemesis bird, I have been tempted to shout something like today’s Bible verse: “Who is mine adversary? Let him come near to me.” The Bible tells us that we all have a nemesis of a far different kind. There is an evil nemesis, an adversary that wishes to do us harm. The Apostle Peter wrote: “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8, KJV). In another sense, we also have a second type of “nemesis,” one we are all searching for like my nemesis bird, and one the devil is determined to keep us from finding. That “nemesis” is a life filled with joy, purpose, hope and significance. Although others seem to have found this life, our own efforts at achieving it always come up short. There is one way to defeat our adversary, the devil, and find that abundant life we are seeking. Jesus said, “Seek first [God’s] kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (Matthew 6:33). What a delightful paradox! If you want joy and contentment in life, you must stop seeking after those things and seek God instead. He will give you an abundant life beyond expectations. Seek on. You will find it.
Father, as I seek you, help me to find you. I know that only in you will I have the abundant life I am seeking. Amen.
Friday, August 13, 2010
Today is the 50th anniversary of my first Major League Baseball game. On that date my family and I saw the San Francisco Giants play the Milwaukee Braves in Milwaukee. The program pictured above has four autographs. Willie Mays is at the top, partially obscured in the "feather." Down at the bottom are Chuck Dressen, the manager of the Braves; Billy Bruton, the Braves' centerfielder; and Eddie Matthews, the Braves' third baseman and member of the Baseball Hall of Fame. I mentioned this game in a previous post about the Willie Mays Baseball. This is the game at which we got Willie Mays' autograph. My father handed the ball to Willie who quickly signed it. Then as I stood wide-eyed next to Dad, the great player looked at me, grabbed my program, and scribbled out a quick signature. He handed it back to me, and without a word he sauntered out to the field to get ready for the game. I can't believe it... fifty years ago and I remember it as if it were yesterday.
Thursday, August 12, 2010
Sunday, August 8, 2010
"Not a fly remained." Exodus 8:31