What perfect weather for the play-offs! Unless the game is sorta…dopey.
I’m not sure if you know, but this weekend is the play-off tournament for a new game on university campuses (is it “campi”, Latin scholars?). Across the country, 200 colleges now have official (sort of) Quidditch teams! For those who live in the Potter-free zone, Quidditch is an international game (England’s most famous teams are the Chudley Cannons and Puddlemere United) that they also play at Hogworts School in the Harry Potter series. It’s super complicated…each game has chasers, bluggers, quaffles, a snitch and a seeker…and it’s super dangerous because all the players are riding flying brooms scores of feet in the air! If they “drop you behind the line”, it’s a long way down!
Anyway, some folks who are “just wild about Harry” decided that along with normal earth-bound sports like football, baseball, soccer or volleyball, colleges needed to have Quidditch teams!
It started with two dudes at Middlebury who wanted something to do on Sundays that was a little more intense than bocce ball (I can see that…) This weekend, sixty teams will swoop into New York City (in airplanes!) for the fifth annual Qidditch World Cup.
They say it’s kind of like ultimate freesbe, only (in my most humble opinion)…lamer.
Instead of the “golden snitch”, a tiny gold ball with wings that the seeker has to catch, there’s a cross-country guy, running around with a tennis ball velcroed to his shorts…Definitely not the same thing.
And instead of folks making diving graps or blocks at the Frisbee, in college Quidditch, you can’t! Technically, you could. But you can’t. Because you have to have a broom between your legs that you have to hang on to all the time! So you only have one hand free and you’re tripping all over yourself all the time. And whacking it into other people! The broom thing is a royal pain! Because it doesn’t fly! Because all the students are, as Hermione would say, “muggles”! “Muggles” in those books are people who don’t have magical powers…including magical broom flying skills! Running around with a broom is good if you have a lot of stuff to sweep up in a hurry. If not, it gives you nothing! If you are pretending you’re flying on it, you can’t really even walk well!
Y’know, just walking is amazing! You use 200 muscles every step! And if you walk with Jesus, He gives you all it takes to do amazing, “normal” stuff, such as being “compassionate, kind, gentle, humble and patient!” (Col 3). Normal muggles can’t do these things!
But if you spend all your time and energy trying to be someone you’re not…and do things you can’t do…that no one really could do…
It winds up being lame…
People get hurt…
And you can’t do the normal, amazing stuff…like love and kindness…well!
Flying would be cool, I guess. But as Isaiah says, “…those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint!”
Flying’s amazing! Running’s cool! But the best is when you can just keep on walking…with Him!
Walk on, muggle in Christ!