That Monster Machine Is A Wizard!
I don’t think there is anything I enjoy more than just sitting on the couch watching a basketball game with my son! No matter what NBA or college team we are watching he seems to always know the names and tendencies of the players. Usually I sit there with a smile on my face as we both find interesting things to talk about concerning the game. It is always back and forth as one of us comes up with something and the other adds to it! It doesn’t have to be specifically about the game either. Sometimes it may be a comment about how that player looks like someone else or anything that strikes us about what we see as funny! Usually it is a running commentary that keeps a smile on each others face as we enjoy the game together. Sometimes one of us makes an odd comment out of the blue and the other will say “I was thinking the same thing!” So many times one will make a point and a minute or two later the color analyst for the game will make the same point! When that happens it usually creates additional fun filled commentary as he or I will say “I just said that!”
My son uses descriptions of players after seeing plays that they were amazing in! I have found myself stealing some of his phrases because they seem so appropriate! For instance a player like Zach Randolph of the Memphis Grizzlies seems to find a way to put the ball in the basket. When they throw the ball near the basket to him and he converts my son may say “What a machine!” A machine in his basketball praise terminology is typically what all machines should be. You give it a job and it does the job! It may not be the most flashy thing you see but it is a thing of beauty how consistently the job gets done! He touches the ball and invariably the ball goes in the basket in his creative yet effecient way! What a machine
We have a printer at work that is sometimes “what a machine!” Other times it is “what’s wrong with that machine?” Most of the time it is “what a machine!” You ask it to print a report and it will efficiently print the report be it one or two hundred pages. However, there is one report that my co-worker has to run each month that this machine can’t seem to handle. She may run this report of maybe two hundred pages and the printer will spit out one page. Maybe fifteen seconds later it may produce another page. Because of the inefficiency of this printer she has been forced to print on her smaller printer. Although the little printer is not designed for large printing orders it plows ahead and does the job that the big printer for some reason won’t do. Before this printer we had another printer designed to do big jobs. With this machine you were never quite sure what you would get. Sometimes it would run a big report without a hitch. Other times a paper jam would occur and out of necessity we had to become experts on how to unjam the printer. Frustratingly many times after unjamming the printer and re-ordering the job the same problem would occur. This was a big machine built for huge results and yet we got to the point that we were afraid to ask it to do anything because of it’s past failures.
The Detroit Pistons have a young player named Andre Drummond. Andre Drummond is 6’10 and weighs 270 pounds! Besides being big he has incredible athletic ability! It seems like he has springs in his legs as he can elevate so high, which is unusual for someone as big as he is! Besides his jumping skills he has a determination about him. We’ve seen him somehow get a rebound when he seemed completely out of the play. We’ve seen him stationed around the free throw line when the rebound goes up and somehow slice through and over players and tip the ball before securing it! My son will invariably say “What a monster!” A monster in his praise definition is someone who is almost alien in their abilities! In other words they stand out so much that they are literally leaps and bounds better than the opposition. They get balls that nobody thought they could get and they forcefully block the opponents intentions with their unrelentless energy! Their abilities and desire stand out so much it’s almost like they are super human!
When James Harden of the Houston Rockets zigs and zags all the way down the court dribbling the ball between and around would be defenders and ultimately laying the ball in the basket my son may excitedly say “What a wizard!” I asked him the other day what he meant by the phrase? He told me that it is when someone is so amazing that you can’t figure out how they are doing it! It reminds me of a magic act as the magician pulls out forty things from his hat including a rabbit and your sitting there saying “How did he do that?” What makes James Harden’s act so special is there are no “magic tricks” involved. He does it with skill at such a high level that you shake your head in amazement. As my son states “What a wizard!”
I always like it when the star of the game gets interviewed when the game is over and right away before a question is asked they give praise where praise is due! “I’d like to thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ because without Him I am nothing!” I know there are many who don’t like this statement and think they are using the situation as pushing religion. What they are saying though is whatever I am or will become it is all because of God. He created me and gave me certain abilities and I just want to use my abilities for His glory! My son describes attributes in players very efficiently with just a phrase, but there is an old hymn that’s words describe how totally impossible it is to fully describe God’s love. The hymn is called “The Love of God” and some of the lyrics follow: Could we with ink the ocean fill, and with the sky a parchment make, were every stalk on earth a quill, and every man a scribe by trade, To write the love of God above, would drain the ocean dry, Nor could the scroll contain the whole, though stretched from sky to sky. What a beautiful way to say that the sky isn’t big enough for describing his love and if the ocean was all ink it would run dry from the task!
Unlike God’s love though, our talents can be explained normally in brief sentences. We have a copier in our mail room that’s awesomeness can be explained briefly too. It can run hundreds of copies at a time, do two sided copies, staple documents, and scan items. I’m sure I left out many other functions this impressive machine does. It very rarely fails and when it does it is usually when the user accidentally runs something through that doesn’t belong, such as a paper clip. You could say that this machine is “What a monster, What a machine, and What a wizard” all rolled up into one! In our lives we should strive to be as efficient and amazing as this machine. We can only become like that through the power of God. We should strive first to be an efficient machine when God calls us. When He asks us to do something we can’t get jammed up with distractions or do only one of the things He asks, leaving the others undone. If we do that, He will find someone else to do the job we were perfectly equipped to do! God is looking for people He can count on, not ones who frustrate because they don’t obey His orders. Let me strive to be “What a machine.” I know that with His strength following “What a machine!” will be “What a monster” and “What a wizard!” These things will follow if I’m listening to Him and doing what He wants!
As I become this monster and machine God wants me to be, people will take notice and praise the wizard-like results they are seeing! When they do it is imperative that I let them know that “I am just a vessel for God’s use and I want to give all of the praise and glory to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who created me and makes all things that I do possible!” When God looks down and views us, I hope He has a smile on His face and our actions are pleasing and amazing! Through His power I pray that He sees us doing wizard-like things! Much like how my son admiringly has his own language for greatness, I hope however he expresses it, that God is pleased with what He views as He looks down. I pray that He states with excitement to others watching words meaning “What a machine!” or “What a monster!” Much like a kid whose parents are proud of their accomplishments, I’d like to bring joy to my Heavenly Father! I’d like to look up to heaven and thank the one who makes everything that I am or do or ever desire to do possible! Maybe with my quill I can write my praise of Him on the parchment before the sky fills up or the ocean of ink runs dry!