Wee Willie Keeler. Back in the recesses of our memory, that name might ring a bell.
He was a Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder who is best remembered for the phrase, “Hit ‘em where they ain’t.” He was what is called a place hitter. Rather than swinging for the fences from his heels, Wee Willie choked up almost halfway up his bat and gently swung at the ball. He was successful at guiding the ball between infielders and in front of outfielders—hitting ‘em where they ain’t.
In a book about the Hall of Fame I just finished, the author described Wee Willie Keeler as “a tiny man.” I took offense. When I am in shape he and I would weigh about the same and he was a half inch taller than me. I ain’t no kind of a tiny guy! I am just vertically challenged.
It all reminded of one of my all-time favorite things ever given me. It is a small statue depicting David and Goliath as depicted by the VeggieTales characters. Little Junior Asparagus is standing in front of a giant, boxing gloves wearing Goliath Pickle.
Two things are striking about the statue. Goliath manages to wear boxing gloves even though he has no arms. At the bottom of the statue reads, “Little guys can do big things too.”
The word little reminds me once more of my favorite phrase in all Christ hymnology, “One little Word shall fell him.” In the third verse of A Mighty Fortress is Our God is the bold statement that with the Little Word (the Word of God) Jesus Christ has forever defeated evil, the Evil One, and all demons, forever and always. Not bad for one little Word.
To extend things just too far, the Little Word “hit ’em where they ain’t.”
The Word of God, Jesus Christ, the Son of God felt, believed, accepted, and lived out the truth that the Evil One, evil, and sin manifested in our world can never, ever imagine.
Jesus submitted to the will of the Father. You know His quotation in the garden, “Not my will, but Thy will be done.”
Jesus was obedient, not choosing to follow His ego, but thinking and doing God’s will, “Though He was in the form of God, He emptied Himself and took the form of a slave.”
He reached out to others, not always concerned about himself. Upon seeing the grief of his dear friends at the tomb of Lazarus, “Jesus wept.”
The Little Word is something Evil, not only can’t understand, not only can’t embrace but finds utterly mystifying. Evil can never LOVE! Evil can never live out love.
“God is Love.” “God so loved the world that He sent his only begotten Son not to condemn the world but that the world might be saved through Him”
The One Word loved God so much. One Little Word obeyed God. One Little Word submitted. One Little Word loves you so much.
The saying is sure and worthy of acceptance. Christ lived for us. Christ died for us. Christ rose for us. Christ reigns in power for us. Christ prays for us. Anyone who is in Christ is a new creation. Out of pure selfless love, the old life is gone and a new life has begun.
Not bad for one Little Word.