By Carolyn Karlstrom
Have you ever looked forward to something? A trip? Getting your driver’s license? An athletic event? Going on a date with the man/woman of your dreams? Meeting the newest niece, nephew, grandchild in the family? Your wedding? A birthday? A promotion? Retirement?
One year Rick and I bought tickets to the NBA All-Star Game for ourselves and another couple. I could hardly wait. I looked forward to February 8, 1987 for a long time.
It came, finally, and I was not disappointed.
To see the biggest names in basketball all at once was almost overwhelming. At one point I looked down at the East bench directly below me during a time-out and read aloud the names etched across the uniform backs.
Irving. Barkley. Bird. Thomas. McHale. Malone. Parish. Wilkins. Laimbeer. Cheeks. Jordan.
Across the court sat Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Hakeem Olojuwon, James Worthy, Tom Chambers (MVP for the game), Jack Sikma, and so on.
What a thrill! I’ll never forget it.
But. That thrill has nothing on the thrill in store for the guests coming through our doors starting tomorrow night. At least some of them – all of them, we pray, but for sure at least some of them – will meet Jesus here. And their lives will be changed for eternity.
That’s something to be excited about. That’s something to look forward to, for them and for us.
“ . . . one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 3:13, 14
Continue to pray through this series that Jesus might be highly visible here, that those who need to come will come, that we who have something of great value to offer – Jesus! – do so without reservation.
PS - There's one more tomorrow!