July 19/Weekend

Written by Bill Grandi on July 19th, 2019

My title for this devotion is Meeting a Celeb vs Meeting Jesus.

Have you ever really wanted to meet someone? As a youngster I was deeply interested in baseball. I want to meet some of my baseball heroes. Since I was from Pittsburgh and played first base, I wanted to meet Dick Stuart. i.e. Dr Strangeglove (he wasn’t very good on defense but he could hit the ball a mile). I began reading material from the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and wanted to meet the Christian ballplayers. I got into music and wanted to meet Tommy James and Frankie Valli. I had the chance to meet  one of my favorite Christian rock singers when I met Dana Key of DeGarmo & Key. He even came out of his bus to talk! Cool dude enjoying making music in heaven right now.

My “worship” of my childhood idols has waned and disappeared. I’m older now. Wiser (I hope). Less moved by someone’s name or status in life. Definitely not as “hungry” to meet people as I used to be. They all put their pants on the same way I do.

I used to wonder what I’d do if I met a celebrity. Stammer? Stutter? Speechless? Make myself a nuisance by wanting a picture? Gush? Maybe be disappointed at the arrogance? Aloofness?

Even better. Meeting Jesus. Imagine what that will be like.  Will I stutter? Stammer? Or fall down at his feet in worship? Hug him? Be hugged? Weep tears of joy and gratitude? Laugh? Does it matter? I don’t think so. I will be in His presence. That alone will be worth it all.

“Father, there is no one greater than You. There is no one I’d rather met than you. I look forward to that hug and ‘Welcome Home’ from you. Until that time, let me not be enamored by anyone or anything other than you.”


3 Comments so far ↓

  1. I was the same way as a kid, Bill, and I did actually get to meet, so to speak, Art Garfunkel and John Denver. But any and all celebrities pale in the light of one day meeting Jesus. Oh, what a happy day that will be!!!

    • Bill Grandi says:

      Well…I can’t say those would have been my people to meet Martha! 🙂 But to each his own. But I do agree most emphatically with your idea of meeting Jesus.

  2. floyd says:

    I’ve never been much on being wowed by humans, famous or otherwise. I shared a few weeks back in a post that I stood next to Denzel Washington while we were both waiting for our vehicles at a mandatory valet. Alice Cooper, (Vincent Vernier), began talking to me in line at the local Ace hardware.

    But God? Bow with face to floor in tears of joy, thanks, and apologies and AWE!!!!