Sunday, November 28, 2004

God is Good...Reflections on Dave Dravecky

I was present in Montreal in 1989 when Dave Dravecky pitched the 2nd game of his comeback after cancer surgery. Pitching to Tim Raines, something snapped in his arm and he feel in a heap on the mound. Later, as he was being lifted into the ambulance, Dave looked at me with a pained smile and said, “David, God is good!” How could he make this statement in the face of such adversity? His career was likely over and yet he had bold confidence in God’s plan.

My Friend, Dave Dravecky

Several years later Dave spoke at the All Star Game chapel service in Baltimore, MD. His left arm had been amputated since I’d seen him last. I greeted him at the door and he asked if I’d do him a favor. He needed me to fasten the button on his right shirt sleeve. He had left in a hurry that morning and needed someone to come alongside and do for him what he could never do himself. Have you ever tried doing up a button with one hand? It’s almost impossible!

Yes, God is good! He is good because He sent His Son to come alongside us when we were incapable of helping ourselves. No amount of effort or hard work could buy our salvation. We needed Christ to pay the penalty for our sins. Jesus Christ did for us what we could never do ourselves. We are saved by grace through faith. He came to us when we needed Him most. Let's thank Him for His goodness today!

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of god – not by works, so that no one can boast.” – Ephesians 2:8,9

“You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.”
Romans 5:6

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