Do You Think God Would Like Bowling?
by Barbara Miller 1/07/2011 / Christian Living
God in His nature is relational. We as Christians strive to practice numerous disciplines in our lives in order to attain spiritual growth. But have you ever thought of the verse in Psalms that says ‚delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart‚? I got to thinking of that word ‚delight‚. Webster‚s dictionary defines it as ‚something giving great pleasure‚. The word itself requires the corners of your mouth to turn up. I think that God desires to be included in the fun things in our lives too.
By the very fact that Christ‚s first miracle was performed at a party indicates that maybe, if they had them back then, he may very well have been on a bowling league. Just for the fun of it.
Personally, I show dogs for fun. I know there are only a select few that will be able to relate to my story, but hang in there with me; I think you will catch my drift. I was scheduled to go to a show and my dog that I was intending to show decided to go on a hunger strike two weeks before the show. I had tried the choo choo game with the spoon, and even made special chicken pot pie to entice him to eat for mommy, but nothing was working. Being a male dog, he had other priorities at the time, and eating wasn‚t one of them. The show day came and I fluffed his hair coat as much as I could in order to try to conceal his lean body flesh. Even though I got him to look good, his lack of appetite caused yet another hindrance to showing. In the show ring in order to stimulate expression and attention in the dog, the handler uses food as bait. With a dog that had no desire for food, needless to say, his attitude was essentially flat. But this is for me my quintessential golf game and my sport of fun. So, I invited God to join me in the show ring, and we will do just that‚. have fun. Five minutes before going into the ring I tried one last time to entice my dog with some bait hoping he would show some spark. After having refused food for two weeks, to my surprise, he scarfed it down like it was the best stuff he had ever eaten, and wanted more! We went into the ring and he showed like a trooper. We placed fourth out of fourteen. I gave him a big hug, accepted our ribbon and as soon as we left the ring I offered him a treat for doing so well. He flat turned it down! As a matter of fact, for the next two days he again refused to eat. But what I did realize is that for those ten minutes that I was in the ring showing my dog, God gave him an appetite! Not that giving a dog an appetite is as impressive of a miracle as turning water into wine, but God added his contribution to our showing together. Just as the wine miracle allowed the party to go on, since God was personally invited to enjoy the dog show with me, He just did what he could to help the show go on. My biggest thrill for that day wasn‚t getting fourth place in a dog show, but that God partnered with me and the realization of that made fun awesome. It can be a real delight when you share your fun with God. I think He thoroughly enjoys the intimacy of sharing it with you too.
Maybe your hobby for fun is golfing, sailing, quilting, wood working, or searching for treasures at garage sales. Whatever it is, take delight in the Lord and share the joy of it with Him. If He can change water to wine, just imagine what pleasure it would give Him when you putt that perfect hole, or find just the right fabric for that special quilt, or even make that spare that tips your bowling score into the three digits range for the first time.
Yes, I think if He could be on your team and be a part of your fun, God would really like bowling.
I have always been pathologically creative. As a child my art was in oil painting and sketching. It wasn't until my mid thirties I began to allow God to reveal to me the Barbie He intended. I joined a church drama team, began writing, and stand up comedy. Now I write because I can't help it.