I know I am late coming to this movie, but Moneyball starring (swoon) Brad Pitt really got to me. The best scene for me was when Billy Beane’s nerdy friend, Peter Brand, the mind behind the strategy to make the Oakland A’s a winning ball team, says, “Some of baseball’s most talented players are being overlooked because they are a bit odd or they don’t have charisma, because they don’t look like models or act like stars. They are the best in the game in many respects, but they don’t get noticed because they do not draw attention to themselves.” This really spoke to me because I think about how many times I have prejudged people and written them off and really missed being a part of a quality relationship.
Samuel addressed this very issue in the Bible when he chose David to be the king of Israel. David was the youngest of Jesse’s sons and was still a child, but Samuel could see his potential. He looked at David with God’s eyes. God’s eyes?
[He’s looking at us from outside our world not looking outward from within like we are. God does not share our perspective.] The bracketed sentence is my own.
The shortest possible time is 10 t0 the minus 43rd seconds. It is called Planck time. Any shorter and quantum mechanics can’t tell whether events are simultaneous. The shortest possible distance is 1.6 x 10 to the minus 35th meters. It’s called Planck length. Any shorter and quantum mechanics cant distinguish between here and there.
And that’s where God comes in. He’s in the space and the time that, according to quantum mechanics, doesn’t exist…. God is all around us all the time. He is right before, right after, right ahead, and right behind. God has no dimensional limitations, and if we could wrap our minds around that truth, it would transform our outlook on life. (p. 26)
Faith gives us the dimensional freedom to overcome our human limitations by exiting space-time via prayer.
I had to stop to think really hard about the man in Moneyball who could see beyond what could be seen. Space-time is mathematical. Mathematicians are the quantum physicists that explain such phenomena. Peter Brand uncovered the valuable players in baseball mathematically. He came up with a formula that calculated each player’s ability down to a single number. That single number erased the negative influences that would cause a player to be overlooked if judged subjectively. Peter had faith in his system and when put to the test, it worked.
I ask myself.”Do I have faith in God the way Peter Brand had faith in his baseball system?” A. W. Tozer (1978) said that we might predict with certainty the spiritual future of a man if we but knew what he thought about God.* Batterson says, “[A person’s] internal picture of God determines how you see everything else.” (p. 28) I am asking myself today and so I also ask you, “What comes to mind when you think about God?”
Walking with Him with Ann and community this Wednesday,
* Tozer, A. W. (1978) The Knowledge of the Holy San Francisco: Harper