On the Rain
Colorado Rockies opened their baseball season with an
away game vs. the St. Louis Cardinals earlier this
Francis, the left-hander, who tied the franchise
record with 17 wins last year, was the starting
pitcher for the Rockies.
He walked his first batter with four straight
he walked the next batter with the same number of
third batter reached 1st base after the
next four pitches.
17 of the first 19 pitches that Francis threw
were off the mark!
make matters worse for Francis and the Rockies, the
Cardinals managed to get four runs in the 1st
inning with a two-run double from Rick Ankel and a
two-run single from Yadier Molina.
The second inning also proved to be quite
painful for Francis as Albert Pujols hit a solo home
run to increase their lead.
major league pitcher is often judged on the basis of
his earned run average, or ERA. This number represents
the average number of earned runs given up by the
pitcher per nine innings.
Calculating the runs earned by the Cardinals
while Francis pitched, he was on his way to beginning
the season with a 19.31 ERA – a horrendous average
for a major league pitcher!
then something remarkable happened:
it began to RAIN! And then
one out in the third inning and the Cardinals leading
5-1, the game was called due to a downpour. The stats
of the game were erased, and the game
was rescheduled. Francis’
disappointing performance was forever erased from the
record books. *
Francis is not the only one who has had a horrible
performance at times!
We too have “missed the mark.”
ALL of us have made “errors” –
“for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of
God” (Romans 3:23).
Our “ERA,” which could be called “Errors
is off the
charts due to our mistakes.
due to His great love and His desire to forgive us,
God has “sent the rain” to provide the opportunity
for us to have our record wiped clean.
“But God demonstrates His own love
toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ
died for us” (Romans 5:8).
On the cross, the blood of Jesus was shed as
payment for our sins (1 Peter 1:18-19), and when we
submit our lives in trusting obedience to His will,
our sins are washed away by that blood (Rev 1:5; Acts
will “wipe the record clean” of those who: believe
in Jesus (Acts 16:30-31), turn from their sins in repentance
(Acts 17:30-31), confess
Jesus before men (Romans 10:9-10), and be baptized
(immersed) in Jesus’ name for the forgiveness of
sins (Acts 22:16).
He will continue to cleanse those who continue
to walk in the light of His Word (1 John 1:7).
those who recognize their need for a Savior, we
on the Rain!”
God has promised that when we humble ourselves
in faith and obedience, He will bring “showers of
forgiveness” into our lives.
YOU trust and obey Him?
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* Information gleaned from AP sports writer,
R. B. Fallstrom. Thanks also
to Garrett Bookout of the Bear Valley church of Christ in Denver, CO, for
reporting on this event with another excellent application in Daily Bread.
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