I realize many phenoms never make it to the grand stage. Arrogance, injury or any number of things keep some of the most talented young men and women from being all they were designed to be.
Nevada’s Bryce Harper is the most impressive baseball talent I’ve ever seen, especially at such a young age (16). Near the advent of his sophomore season, during the national prep home run derby at Tropicana Field in Tampa, he won the contest with a 502 foot blast that would have orbited Yankee Stadium! Given the way mere pop-ups are flying into the cheap seats, it may have found its rest in Fenway Park! And it was no fluke. He had a number of moon shots that registered over the 475′ mark, and was the only participant to hit an oppo bomb.
I reject the hyped titles like “Chosen One”, “Child Prodigy” etc. but there’s a definite attraction to those who are at the extreme end of the bell curve. So although I am to a degree aiding in this kind of idol infatuation, I thought it worth the risk and put this boy’s skill in perspective…the fact is that this young man is not a product of chaotic evolutionary chance, where the genetic tumblers mutated to create the perfect baseball specimen. Bryce Harper has been fearfully and wonderfully made by the Grand Designer, and it’s always refreshing for those who have been given such talent to recognize the origin of their gift.
Why have I chosen to highlight something that seems to have very little spiritual relevance? I believe these kinds of anomalies point to the existence of a Master Designer. Eric Liddell of Chariots of Fire fame aptly stated, “I believe that God made me for a purpose…but He also made me fast, and when I run, I feel His pleasure.”