“When you go through waters, I will be with you.”
“Let the fields and all that is in them be full of joy.”
Often times we treat life as if we were drafted, playing with a major league baseball team. We are always safe at HOME, but we take a swing at the bat and we’re either walking or running to make it to our next destination safely.
I have been playing safe for years now, and with playing safe I always went back to what was familiar or comfortable. Always. We learn in the bible or often hear others speak on stepping out on faith, which is fine but do we pray and ask God to guide our steps? or do we just hope that our next step is safe when we arrive?! Of course we want to arrive safely, not knowing what is ahead of us when we get there. I am going to use my baseball strategies with going through life playing it safe.
As we know, baseball is a complex sport where strategy can play a big part. A baseball team’s strategy can vary from game to game depending on the pitcher and the opposing team. The strategy can change during the game from situation to situation depending on the number of outs and the count of the batter. The strategy also changes from batter to batter depending on the strengths and weaknesses of both the batter and pitcher.
Life is my pitcher and I was the batter. Standing on the home plate waiting on the pitcher to throw me its best ball. While waiting I focused on how I wanted to hit this ball and where. Of course I wanted a home run, so I could fly through life with out having to stop and deal with whatever was in the way. But life does not happen that way. Life sometimes throw us straight, curve, or even foul balls. I went through life trying to hit everything that came my way, trying to fix everything, trying to control everything, and did not always pray my way through it. And when things turned wrong I always went back home because it was my safe place. So, I made it to every base in life and sometimes not consulting with God on it or trust him that he will see my way through. We pray and ask God to show us what is ahead or even what we may encounter when we arrive, and when he does if its not what we want then we stop asking him. But he warned us. I am guilty of this very thing. Now check this out, when we do not pay attention or ignore what we ask God for and go ahead and make our own decision we have to go back to that safe place and start over again. God will let us choose what it is that we want but in that process he is going to show you that very reason why he let you make that decision. I failed many times because I didn’t put my trust in him or had become very impatient because I was ready for it to be worked out on my time. God would put me in a few battles empty handed so when I took victory I knew it was him.