Kevin Larter – Junior High Pastor, Gilbert campus
“Well, it’s over.” My dad. Always the attempt at humorous pessimism. The problem is, he’s usually right. It’s known amongst my friends and family as “Lartering It”. It happens when, in a game we are watching, the opposing team scores first and early in the game. My dad throws out his famous quote. He’s joking of course. There is plenty of time for our team to recover. Like 95% of the game left. But for some reason, my dad is always right. Our team never seems to recover. He’s been right so often that as soon as the “Well, it’s over” line is uttered, my friends reply with a “Dave just Lartered it. Let’s go home.”
I tell this story about my dad because I’m wondering if he has taken his game up a notch and started Lartering entire seasons. The Diamondbacks are a pitiful 4-13 to start the season, dead last in all of baseball. And these games aren’t close. They’re getting shellacked by anyone and everyone. The starting pitching is abysmal, the bullpen has been unreliable, and the offense, which was supposed to carry the team this year, has been more than a just little disappointing.
While my dad plays the humorous pessimist, I’m generally a realist with some optimism thrown in on the side when it comes to my hometown teams. I’m not delusional, but I always hope for best. “There’s still 90% of the season left to play!” I tell myself. “There’s plenty of time to turn this thing around!” I hope with all my might. But the reality is, this Diamondbacks season could very well be over. I may have to jump ship. I might have to give up on this team accomplishing anything this year. I think I have to “Larter It”.
As sad as this is to me, I’m reminded of something–the fact that God doesn’t give up on us this quickly. He has infinite amounts of patience: “The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9)
He sacrificed for us even when we deserved to be given up on: “God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)
And He promises to never abandon us: “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” (Hebrews 13:5)
What better place to honor this awesome God of ours than at one of our Easter services this coming weekend? Jesus died on the cross for our sins AND rose again to give us eternal life. Let’s celebrate! I know at least for me, I’m especially thankful this Easter season that God didn’t “Larter” me.