Last week we said to good-bye to Yogi Berra. He died on September 22, at the age 90 — sixty-nine years to the day of his Major League Baseball debut.
He will always be remembered as a great player, a great manager, and a great man. And, of course, he’ll also be remembered for his many “yogi-isms” — those sayings of his that didn’t always seem to add up.
Some of his best:
“If you come to a fork in the road, take it.”
“A nickel ain’t worth a dime anymore.”
“The future ain’t what it used to be.”
“You can observe a lot by watching.”
Once, when sitting down to a meal, he said, “You better cut the pizza in four pieces because I’m not hungry enough to eat six.”
Another time he gave this sage advice, “Always go to other people’s funerals, otherwise they won’t come to yours.”
Some of the things that Yogi said didn’t make perfect sense, but his most famous saying nails it.
“It ain’t over till it’s over.”
It’s a mistake we all make — thinking that the way things are today is the way they’ll always be.
We say: Business will always be this good, or this bad. This relationship will always be this easy, or this hard. My future will always seem this bright, or this dark.
The fact is that very few things will always be the way they are now. Life has an ebb and flow; the tide comes in and the tide goes out. It’s our challenge to remember, when the tide is out, that it is certainly coming back.
The Apostle Peter reminded us of this …
And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. (1 Peter 5:10)
Yogi was right. No matter how things look today, it ain’t over yet.
And before it’s over, the God of all grace will himself restore you and make you strong.
Words to remember. And to live by.