Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Floor Seats

My oldest daughter, McDaniel,

had the absolute thrilling privilege 

of sitting in floor seats at the men's university 
exhibition basketball game Sunday afternoon.

Floor seats.

Like Jack Nicholson or Spike Lee.





I have never sat in floor seats EVER.

But I can't complain,
I had killer seats at a football game 
not too long ago.
This was our view. 


A friend invited McDaniel and a few other girls,

courtesy of her friend's father's work.


I feel sorry for whoever had to sit behind McDaniel's
enormous hair bun. Oh wait, no I don't, they were
still in fantastic seats.
McDaniel's feet and view.

This ref was so close he could've heard the girls
whispering.

McDaniel just loved the seriousness and intensity
this guy brought to his job

If you check out the screen, you can see all the girls by the referee.


We later saw a passing glance of them on the local news.

Because, well, they were right there

in the floor seats,

where all the action was.

McDaniel was just so excited.

She said she became aware that whatever she hollered out

could be heard by the players.




Amazing, thought, huh?


Well, I guess Spike Lee always knew that
and took considerable advantage of it.

Kinda changes what you'd holler out, wouldn't it?

Would make you stop and gather your thoughts a bit more, wouldn't it?

Again, apparently not if you are Spike Lee.

McDaniel told us an elderly couple sat by her READING BOOKS.


[Just pause and let that sink in for a second.]

Yes, this couple READ while they sat in the most coveted floor seats of a college basketball game.

The ENTIRE time.

See the readers?


The lady read "iPhone for Dummies".

With an iPhone sitting in her lap the entire time.

I better not get that book as a "gift" anytime soon.
Ahem.


Then they got up and left in the middle of the game seemingly to never have paid attention

for even a minute.

How baffling.

Why would you spend the money to sit in or even receive as a gift,

floor seats,

if you never bothered to pay attention to

or even look up


at the game going on 

RIGHT. 
IN. 
FRONT. 
OF. 
YOU?!

Makes me wonder if God ever thinks that of us.

Wonders why we have our nose buried in the world

when He has
graciously, 
mercifully, 
blessed us with the 

BEST SEATS IN THE HOUSE.

The action is right there before us.

He wants us to be in awe of Him.

Amazed by His love.

Full of wonder at His creation.

He wants us to praise Him.

(And yes, people are listening when we do it.)

But overall,

He just doesn't want us to miss it.

"Many, Lord my God,
    are the wonders you have done,
    the things you planned for us.
None can compare with you;
    were I to speak and tell of your deeds,
    they would be too many to declare."


Psalm 40:5

"In the council of the holy ones God is greatly feared; he is more awesome than all who surround him. O LORD God Almighty, who is like you? You are mighty, O LORD, and your faithfulness surrounds you."

Psalm 89:7-8

4 comments:

  1. Sumita11:00 AM

    Wow! Didn't know where you were going with that -- was just enjoying the story and then, WHAM! So well done -- still have so many questions about the old couple, but loved how you made me want to look up and around and see and acknowledge the handiwork of the Lord.

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  2. Great post! Good point you raised ... how many of us are missing a great view right in front of us because we are preoccupied with the mundane ....

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  3. So true - God gives us his best seats and we are often so oblivious and yet, He loves us anyway.

    My husband used to play a lot of basketball (I fell in love with him in high school while cheering him on) and seeing your pictures I can just hear the squeak of the shoes on the floor. Now that our daughter coaches basketball cheer I get to relive some of that again.

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  4. Hurrah for floor seats! And that was a nice ending!

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