|Remember when Kevin Costner was this young?|
Remember the movie, Field of Dreams? A baseball-loving, ex-hippie corn farmer in Iowa is struggling; he has regrets about his relationship to his deceased father, and he’s about to lose his farm. Suddenly, he hears a voice from his corn field saying, “If you build it, he will come.” Somehow, the farmer interprets this to mean that he needs to build a baseball field in the middle of all his corn. It’s never quite clear until the end of the movie how doing this will heal his heart or save his farm, but he does it anyway. Here’s an interesting side note: The real Iowa corn farmer on whose land the field was built kept the baseball field. He never charged for admission, but he did operate a little souvenir stand on-site. Until he sold the field in 2011, 65,000 people a year visited. People often look at the world in all of its evil and injustice and violence and pain and say, “What is God doing?” The answer is that He’s building something. And that may not make a lot of sense to us, just like building a baseball field in the middle of a corn farm doesn’t make sense. But this is the project of redemption, the story of humanity, and this Sunday we’re going to talk about what God is doing, and how He expects you to be a part of it.