07 Nov Gone to Press
I have been celebrating the Boston Red Sox World Series victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers right alongside my New England…dare I say, yankee…family members. The Red Sox had the most wins during the regular season, which, oddly enough, has not resulted in World Series championships in the last several years. In fact, over the last twenty years, three teams had the outright, best regular season record and went on to win the World Series. Victory is never a foregone conclusion.
It was 1995, and the L.A. Dodgers did not have a good team. They weren’t hitting well, and their pitching was not good. Sports television and print personality Woody Paige was a columnist for The Denver Post, and he was covering the game.
The game got delayed, and it did not start until 8:30 p.m. Hayes wrote his article about the game before the game actually started. Through the sixth inning, the Dodgers pitcher, Hideo Nomo, had not allowed a hit. Hayes called the paper to rescind his article, to give him time to write a new article. The printer said the paper had already gone to press. Nomo pitched a no-hitter. Hayes said it was the first time he prayed for a blizzard.
Have you ever had one of those days? Have you given up right before a breakthrough happened, or has someone given up on you too soon? They may have decided that all signs were pointing to defeat, and there was no reason to wait for the final results. Did they go to press on you too soon? Sometimes we deserve that lack of faith, but it can be painful getting what we deserve.
Deserve is not something we have to worry about when it comes to God because of Jesus. God does not give up on any of us. God chases after us, ignoring what we have done, and only seeing what we can do for His Kingdom. God extends us grace, and it changes everything.
We need to thank God for not going to press on us. With our track record—every single failure, misstep, and sin—it would make perfect sense for God to write the article and send it in with no editing required. God doesn’t do that, and neither should we. Our goal should be to extend grace to others the same way it has been extended to us.
With Jesus, His victory IS a foregone conclusion, and the victory parade lasts forever. The paper has gone to press, but instead of a newspaper, we are talking about The Book of Life, and the pages are full of the names of Jesus followers…every last one of them. Without Jesus, we are lost, but with Him, the victory is ours.
Blessings to you,