On any given day in Maple Grove, hundreds of children and youth take the fields- the playing fields for soccer, baseball, softball, lacrosse, and track and field. As boys and girls practice and play games, parents gather on the sidelines to cheer and to encourage their child and their team. Other parents coach or referee games and matches.
This last week-end our son’s lacrosse team played in a tournament in Grand Rapids. As I gathered to cheer him and his team on, I had the chance to meet other parents, relatives, and friends.
As you gather on the fields, whom have you had the chance to meet these days? Is it easy for you to walk right up to someone and introduce yourself to that person? Recall the last time you made to new acquaintance or friend at the field on game night or at a tournament.
Does God bring you to the place of meeting someone for the first time and striking up a deep friendship? How is God at work when you meet new people, whether it’s on the ball field or elsewhere?
Over the years my wife and I have made new and lasting friendships with people we’ve met at just one game or one tournament. We cherish these friendships and still get together on a social basis with our friends whom we met one day or night at a ball field.
As you get ready to head out to the field today or tomorrow, you can trust that God may very well be at work in the Holy Spirit to bring you into a new relationship or great friendship.
Joy in the Journey,
Pastor Durk K. Peterson
Alleluia! Lutheran Church, St. Michael, MN