Make A Play

Fever Pitch

Make a play means to get the first down, force a fumble, or sack the quarterback. Make a play means to steal the ball, block the shot or make the three pointer at the buzzer. Make a play means to turn the double play, hit the homerun, or get the last out. There are times in your life when you just HAVE to make a play.

Make a play also means to try to start a romantic relationship with someone.  Make a play means to get the girl or to get the guy. The guy sees a girl he likes and doesn’t want to miss his golden opportunity. The girl sees the guy she likes and wants to make sure he notices her. So they both have to make play.

“Fever Pitch” is the 2005 romantic comedy about a Boston Red Sox fan who must choose between his girl and the game.  The film is a very funny, even-handed story where both guy and gal end up admitting — to themselves and each other — that they each have passions in their lives yet each can forgive the other to save the love they share.

Drew Barrymore and Jimmy Fallon star, as Lindsey and Ben, both around 30. She thinks it may be time to get married. He already seems married, to the Red Sox. His love for the team, he confesses to her, “has been a problem with me … and women.” She is a high-paid business executive. He is a high school teacher.

Both girl and guy make a play.  It takes place during the miraculous 2004 season. Instead of stereotypes and clichés, we get a movie about how men and women, filled with love and motivated by the best will in the world; simply do not speak the same emotional language. She cannot understand why he would rather go to spring training camp in Florida than meet her parents. He cannot understand why this is even an issue.   Instead of remaining the same, both choose to change. Both choose to make a play.

Jonathan, son of Saul, chose to make a play.  He loved his father but he loved the Lord more.  Jonathan literally climbed his way to Biblical prominence as he rose above his father, his fellows and his own fears; he ascended the jagged cliffs of Gibeah; and attacked an unsuspecting garrison of the Philistine army to affect a stunning upset victory.  Jonathan acted when neither his father the King, nor any other soldier would. Because of his boldness, courage and faith in God, the victory was won.

Jonathan’s heroics in 1 Samuel 14 pave the way for an unthinkable upset victory; a convincing comeback; a total turnaround.  King Saul dominates the bulk of 1 Samuel which centers on his reign as Israel’s first King and the transition between Saul and David.  In between, we have Jonathan, the son of Saul and the friend of David, who is strung between the two personalities and leadership extremes.

Jonathan is best remembered as the friend of David.  He exemplified all that is noblest in friendship — warmth of affection, unselfishness, helpfulness and loyalty.   In this sense, Jonathan is a figure of Christ, “the friend that sticks closer than a brother (Proverbs 18:24).”  Jonathan loved David how scripture implores us to love each other for “a friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity” (Proverbs 17:17, RSV).

So make a play. Choose to love. Choose to listen. Choose to give and forgive. You’ll get back more than you gave.  Just ask Jesus, who made a play for us. He made a play for mankind by living his life and giving his life for us.

Thank God Jesus made a play!

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