On Saturday, May 15, 2010, I was driving with my wife to see a college baseball tournament in Dundas, Minn. It was between four Christian colleges: St. Thomas, Augsburg, St. John’s and Hamline University. My grandson was pitching that day for St. Thomas. I decided that since four Christian colleges were playing, I would pray to God and invite him to the baseball games to watch these four Christian schools.
It was a very warm day in May, clear skies with hardly a breeze. My son and wife are sitting next to me in the stands. It was the beginning of the seventh inning with the score tied between St. Thomas and Hamline. As the teams were taking a break between batters, there appeared a dust tornado about six-feet tall spinning at third base. The dust tornado proceeded to move toward second base, and when it got there, it disappeared. There was no breeze or any movement at the time.
My son turned to me and said, “Looks like God just made himself known.” I was silent but had a smile on my face. People around me shook their heads, and some said, “What was that?” The game went on and my grandson’s team won in the 11th inning. Every time I think of that moment, I think of my invitation and just smile.
— Darhl Nelson
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