At first I was excited and thought it would be a breeze, but when I stood behind home plate, the batter, and the catcher, I stepped into a crucial role in the middle of the ballgame. I experienced several things on the field that I never had before. I felt very powerful, respected, and very responsible for what went on during the game.
Even though not all of the items below happened to me that day, I still got a good perspective of how God might feel in regards to His relationship with us.
In the "baseball game of life," here are Ten Ways Umpires Are Like God:
- Umpires have control over the whole game. God is sovereign over the whole world.
- Players get furious at umpires who make calls that they don't like. People get upset when God doesn't make the call they wanted Him to make.
- Players yell and scream at umpires. People yell and scream at God.
- Umpires can throw anybody out of the game based on their behavior. God has the power to destroy anyone He wants.
- With their protective padding on, umpires look ripped. You don't want to mess with them. You don't want to mess with God.
- Players don't always appreciate what umpires do by keeping the game in order. People don't often appreciate what God does in our lives.
- Umpires often must break up fights between players. God is displeased when His children fight with each other.
- Players look to the umpire when they have questions. People go to God with questions.
- Being right behind home plate, umpires have the best positional perspective of the field. God always has the best perspective over our lives.
- Umpires really love the game. God really loves the world.
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