Playing Catch

By Pastor Mark Hopper

On a recent trip, my wife and I were able to visit some of our out-of-town grandchildren.  They have grown up so much since we saw them last summer.  It was delightful to spend time with them.

One grandson specifically requested that I bring a baseball and a glove so that we could play catch together.  He has a glove and a ball, but you need two to play catch.  I was glad to oblige.

One day we grabbed our gloves and a well worn baseball and walked to a nearby field.  It wasn’t a traditional baseball field.  It didn’t have a back stop, pitcher’s mound or bases.  But, it was covered with green grass and bright colored yellow wild flowers.   It looked more like a mountain meadow that a baseball diamond.

We started to play catch.  While we tossed the baseball back and forth, and we talked.  We talked about the weather and if it was likely to rain today.  We talked about how beautiful it was with the fresh green grass and beautiful flowers covering the field.

We talked about some of the unusual rules that there are in baseball.  For example, when you are batting and the catcher drops the ball on a third strike, you can still run to first base.  There is a rule that says if you bunt the third strike into foul territory you are automatically out.

There is a rule that says if the pitcher hits the batter with the ball, the batter automatically gets to go to first base.  And, there is another rule that says if a batter hits the ball over the outfield fence it is a home run, but if the ball bounces over the fence it is only a double.

We also talked about life.  We talked about what it was like to be nine years old.  We talked about his school and what he was learning. We also talked about his friends and what they are like.

I’m sure we talked about a lot more things.  We played catch for quite a while.  It was relaxing and casual.  He dropped a few throws but he caught most of them.  My grandson is a pretty good ball player.  Who knows, maybe he will be in the majors one day.

But, regardless of what the future holds, I will remember playing catch with my grandson for a long time.

Let me encourage you to make a plan and take some time to spend with someone special in your life.  It is not the activity that matters but spending time together.

Is there someone who has been asking you to do something with them recently?  Have you put it off because you are too busy to do it right now?  Don’t let the opportunity pass you by.  Make a plan and set aside some time to do something soon.  You will be glad you did and they will too!


Pastor Mark Hopper

Efree church of Diamond Bar

3255 South Diamond Bar Blvd

(909) 594-7604

Sunday Services: 9:00 & 10:45 AM