A New Day

CRICKET AND THE KINGDOM

  Isaiah 35:8, “And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The Way of Holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein.” An American man flew to Great Britain on vacation with his family. While there, he was invited to participate in a game of cricket. He being an avid baseball fan thought it might be fun even though he did not know any of the rules. His British host told him, “It’s not that complicated, Yank. In fact, the game of cricket is really quite simple. You have two sides. One side is out in the field and one side is in. Each player that’s on the side that is in goes out, and when he’s out he comes in and the next man goes in until he’s out. When they are all out, the side that’s out comes in and the side that’s been in goes out and tries to get those coming in out. Sometimes you get men still in and not out. When both sides have been in and out including the not-outs, that’s the end of the game. Simple isn’t it? Ready to play?” Sometimes life can be as complex as a Brit giving instructions to a Yank on how to play cricket. But in spite of life’s complexities, we can find guidance amid the maze of our day to day journey. In our Scripture lesson today, the prophet Isaiah foresees a time when clarity would be the hallmark of direction in God’s kingdom. My wife and children have had some wonderful vacation adventures throughout the years as I have meandered from Disney World to the beautiful country of Canada, and everywhere in between, being directionally challenged. In those pre-GPS days, even with a detailed road atlas in hand, I always managed to wander off course. Following directions was never a strong point of mine. But God’s Word reminds us today, that in God’s kingdom, the directionally challenged can at last find their way. Since I’ve been on God’s path, I’ve never been lost. If you have found your present course too complex, begin following His direction. His way is clear, His path is plain, and by following His highway, you can leave wayward uncertainty behind and chart a clear course into a bright future beginning with this new day.

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