After 67 years as the “Voice of the Dodgers,” legendary broadcaster Vin Scully has just retired as one of the most respected play-by-play guys to ever put on a headset. He’s almost 89 years old and has called over 10,000 baseball games throughout his incredible career.
The longevity and excellence that he has displayed for over six decades is truly impressive, and I’ve enjoyed listening to him reminisce in recent weeks. There is an amazing bond between the “voice” of a team and his audience, and Scully’s connection goes as deep as you can find.
Generations of Dodgers’ fans have tuned in to hear his smooth, warm voice describe the action on the field in a clear and distinctive way. He brought a level of comfort and calmness to the listeners who soaked in his recognizable voice.
When thinking about the relationship between a play-by-play broadcaster and his audience, I can’t help but see the parallel between an even more powerful and significant voice.
As followers of Jesus, we have access to the God of the universe. His voice is uniquely spoken as we pray and read His Word. He speaks to our hearts in many ways, as well – when enjoying nature, singing His praises or serving others.
Jesus explains how God also speaks to us through the role of the Holy Spirit in John 16:13 (ESV): “When the Spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all the truth, for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak, and He will declare to you the things that are to come.”
For 67 years, fans couldn’t wait to find a station where they could hear the reliable “Voice of the Dodgers” coming through the speakers. As Vin Scully’s remarkable career is being honored, let’s consider whether or not we’re listening to the most important voice we can hear.
Today, let’s ask God to reveal Himself to us and remove anything that is getting in the way of hearing Him clearly. I’m Bryce Johnson and you can unpack that!
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, I admit I come to you in prayer and often spend too much time talking instead of listening. I pray I would clearly hear Your voice speak to my heart. Thank you for being willing to communicate to me the way that you do. I thank you for leading and guiding me. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.