What Baseball Teaches Me About God
You don't have to love baseball to appreciate what it teaches about God.
George F. Will is an Op-Ed Columnist for the Washington Post. His areas of expertise encompass foreign and domestic politics and policy — and baseball! In Men At Work, he brings his analytical brilliance to the baseball diamond.
"A 90-mile-per-hour fastball that leaves a pitcher's hand 55 feet from the plate is traveling 132 feet per second and will reach the plate in .4167 second. A change-up or slow breaking ball loitering along at just 80 miles per hour travels 117.3 feet per second and will arrive in .4688 second. The difference is .052 of a second and is crucial. Having decided to try to hit the pitch, the batter has about two-tenths of a second to make his body do it. The ball can be touched by the bat in about 2 feet of the pitch's path, or for about fifteen-thousands of a second. So anyone who hits a ball thrown by a major league pitcher—who even just put the ball in play—is doing something remarkable."
I share George Will's sense of wonder for the craft of baseball. It is a fascinating game! At the same time, like the Psalmist, I stand in awe of God who so uniquely created our bodies to make the seemingly impossible, possible.
For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works;
my soul knows it very well. Psalm 139:13-14 ESV
It is postseason. There are four ballgames being played today. Tune in, look closely, and consider this:
- The hands that grip the bat: In one square inch of our hand we have nine feet of blood vessels, 600 pain sensors, 9000 nerve endings, 36 heat sensors and 75 pressure sensors.
- The eyes that see the pitch: They are made up of 107,000,000 cells. The focusing muscles of the eyes move around 100,000 times a day. To give your leg muscles the same workout, you would need to walk 80km (50 miles) every day.
- The heart that pumps the blood: It will beat 100,000 times every day.
- The feet that run to first: There are 26 bones in each foot, many are half the width of a pencil, yet they support the players weight. Those same bones will help you walk 65,000 miles during your lifetime (two and one half times around the world).
To paraphrase Elizabeth Barrett Browning: "Earth's crammed with heaven, and every baseball diamond is aflame with God, but only those who see take off their shoes; the rest just eat peanuts and hotdogs.”
My prayer: "God, I praise you for how uniquely you have made me."
 George F. Will, Men At Work: The Craft Of Baseball. Macmillian Publishing Company, New York. Page 192-93.
 See "Amazing Medical Facts Of The Body."
 See Fearfully and Wonderfully Made, page 22. Also, "Top 15 Amazing Facts About The Body."
 Fearfully and Wonderfully Made, pages 26, 70.