Chance Wheeless, first baseman for the Texas Longhorns hits a walk-off home run as the leadoff batter in the bottom of the ninth inning with the scored tied 3-3 with Baylor University.  Chance was a sophomore and was playing with a very painful shoulder injury.  Many will remember the home run, but few will probably remember the pain of the player.  IT WAS A BIG EVENT!  The end result placed the Longhorns in the Championship Series of the 2005 College World Series and they defeated Florida for the Championship.  In college baseball that is  BIG EVENT.

A player who hits a grand-slam home run participates in a BIG EVENT.  He will be remembered, but what about all the smaller things that had to happen to set this up.  At lease three other players had to do something to be able to participate.  They had to be on base.  They either got a hit, walked, were hit by a pitch, safe on a fielder’s choice, or there was an error.  Who will ever remember these players who were just on base?  I doubt that anyone will remember what happened regarding the opposing pitcher, catcher, and their team mates.

Many times when we witness a BIG EVENT, we don’t appreciate all the things that seem to be insignificant.  But, if we pay attention to the small details, we really get the whole picture of what happened.

We see and participate in many BIG EVENTS in our lifetime.  My marriage to Pam was a big event.  It was really something to remember.  But we were not the only ones involved.  It took others to make the event happen.  And it took the help of others in the planning and carrying out of the ceremony.  Who will ever remember those small things that led to the wedding?  They were necessary, but we mostly remember the wedding ceremony itself.

We tend to plan and expect the BIG EVENT to happen and don’t realize how important the smaller things are.

I was studying my Bible the other morning and read about Elijah and his confrontation with 850 false prophets.  He stood his ground and witnessed the Power of God.  Then, he fled because he was afraid of Jezebel.  To get to my main point, Elijah ended up at Horeb, the mountain of God.  While there he witnessed a strong wind that tore into the mountain and broke the rocks in pieces, but the Lord was not in the wind.  Then there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. 
Then there was a fire, but the Lord was not there either.

Elijah was looking at the BIG EVENTS because that is where he expected to find God.  Then God spoke to him in that small, quiet voice.  How many times do we expect God to be in the BIG EVENTS of our lives and miss out because He was speaking quietly to us.  Maybe we just spend our time looking rather than listening for His voice.  The answer to our problems may not come to us as a BIG EVENT…just a small voice and we missed it because we just were really listening:


One Response to ““BIG EVENTS””

  1. my website Says:

    it seems quite trivial to expect

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