I don’t know much about sports, but I do like a good story.
Early baseball was an amazing time in the world of sports. Legends long forgotten, like Joe Jackson, Luke Fumblefoot Appling, Eyechart Gwasdz, Piano Legs Hickman, and Hebrew Hammer Braun, were stars and household names.
Another great player was Vernon Lewis “Lefty” Gomez. He pitched for the New York Yankees from 1930 to 1942, and then one additional game for the Washington Senators in 1943. He was an All Star for seven years in a row.
Lefty was famous for doing things totally unexpected, like calling time-outs for no reason at all. My kind of guy!
One time he called a time-out during a World Series game simply to watch an airplane fly over the ballpark. Another time a thick fog settled onto the field. Lefty called a time-out, found a box of matches, lit one, blew it out, and then restarted the game.
During an edge-of-your-seat game, the bases were loaded and the win depended on Lefty’s final pitch. He called for a time-out and motioned for the catcher to come to the mound. Rather than talk strategy for the win, Lefty asked the catcher in all seriousness, “Do you have any hunting dogs you’d like to sell?”
The catcher was baffled. “Why are you asking me about dogs while the bases are loaded?” he asked.
Lefty answered, “A friend of mine knows you hunt, and he asked me to find out if you had any dogs for sale. I promised I’d ask you the next time I thought of it. And I just thought of it.”
Gomez probably caused his teammates to pull out their hair, and worse for his opponents, but to Lefty, a promise was a promise.
In Genesis 17:7, God told Abraham, I will establish My covenant between Me and you and your descendants after you in their generations, for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and your descendants after you.
Romans 9 through 11 are Paul’s explanation that God’s promises to the Jews are still today – and forever – in effect. To God a promise is a promise. He’s going to keep every single promise He ever made.