Bear with me and I’ll eventually get this mammoth project completed. Speaking of luck, here’s a sample of the material I’ll be posting… (Note: I will always give credit where known. This particular jewel comes from Dr. Wayne Roe, Senior Pastor of the First Baptist church of Tifton, Georgia, in his 08/20/2009 newsletter article.) He writes:
Someone handed me a clipping from Sports Illustrated that took note of the death of Jack “Lucky” Lohrke, at the age of 85. He was a major league baseball infielder that hit .242 over seven seasons. He was better known, however, for the circumstances surrounding his nickname, “Lucky”. Lohrke fought at Normandy and in the Battle of the Bulge. He emerged unscathed, but four times a soldier next to him was killed. When he was shipped home in 1945, Lohrke was bumped from a transport flight at the last minute; the plane crashed, killing everyone on board. The next year, after resuming baseball, he was traveling with the Class B Spokane Indians on a bus trip across Washington. During a food stop, he found out he had been promoted to Triple A, so he got his gear off the bus and hitchhiked back to Spokane. And you guessed it - a few hours later, the bus crashed into a canyon, killing nine of his former teammates.
Jack Lohrke was dubbed "Lucky" from that point on, though he never cared for the nickname. He insisted his name was Jack - Jack Lohrke. As I was reading that article, I began thinking about the role we absent-mindedly attribute to luck in our lives. What do you think about luck? Some people say if it weren't for bad luck, they'd have no luck at all. And occasionally, I will wish someone "good luck" as they enter into difficult circumstances; but it's more a figure of speech than something I really believe in. Luck, jinxes, amulets, and charms are really superstitions, aren't they? In fact, they may well represent darker forces at work that we should avoid.
When good things happen to us, let's learn to see them as God's blessings in our lives, rather than passing them off as coincidence, luck, or our own personal ability. And when our eyes of faith are opened to His presence and His blessings in our lives, let's give Him the glory that is due Him. After all, it’s not luck... it’s a loving God. Jack Lohrke was not lucky, he was simply blessed. And, by the way, so are you and I.