05 Jul Clear the Mechanism
I love movies about baseball. Almost all of them. The Natural, Bull Durham, Major League, The Sandlot, League of Their own, 8 Men out, 42, The Rookie…the list goes on and on. One of my favorites though is For the Love of the Game, starring Kevin Costner. Costner plays an aging pitcher named Billy Chapel trying to prove he still has what it takes to pitch in the big leagues.
Chapel has a practice that he uses during games called “Clearing the Mechanism”. This is where he drowns out all the distractions around him and focuses on what is most important, getting the batter out. One of my favorite scenes in the movie is when Detroit, Chapel’s team, is playing the New York Yankees at Yankee stadium. The scene is crazy. Every fan is screaming at Chapel about how he is washed up and no good. The Sounds are deafening! Then Chapel closes his eyes and reminds himself to “clear the mechanism” then it happens, everything that is not important goes out of focus and silent. All that is left is what is most important.
Wouldn’t it be nice if we could clear the mechanism when our lives get out of control? When the world is screaming for our attention. The enemy shouting lies directly to our hearts. “You don’t have what it takes!” “You’re the reason bad things happen around you!” “How could God love someone like you?” Chaos in our lives gets too loud for us, at times, that we can’t focus on what matters. What does matter? Isaiah 26:3-4 (ESV) says You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD GOD is an everlasting rock. Jesus is who matters. He is our way to clear the mechanism of life. He gives life. He gives peace. Peace even in chaos.
Our Prayer as we go together in the Gospel is that we would learn how to “stay our minds” on Christ. The chaos doesn’t go away. Oh it is still there, but take heart Jesus has overcome all the things that distract us and make us anxious. Does the thought of peace in the middle of our chaotic lives sound appealing? Open your bible and stay your mind on the one true living God.
Clear the mechanism.