As I look back and reflect on God’s blessings in my life, they are - of course - too numerous to count. But one blessing that I experienced during a difficult time in our career stands out in my mind, and was something that taught me an unforgettable lesson. It was God’s peace. His peace truly did “surpass my understanding.”
My husband never started the season in 2005; his arm wouldn’t allow it. He tried to rehab and eventually had surgery. It was evident that the entire season would be forfeited. So we went home and he continued to work extremely hard to rehabilitate that shoulder. However, three weeks later we got a call from the team’s upper management saying they no longer needed Gary’s services. In other words, we heard those three dreaded words: “We’re releasing you.”
I had often tried to imagine how I would react to hearing that, and I must say that my reaction was very different than I thought it would be. When my husband told me, I sat there for a minute and then God’s peace began to flow through every part of me. It was going to be OK. This had first been sifted through God’s hands; therefore, He would take care of everything. We no longer had a job, but knew that He would provide one for us. And for reasons that still “surpass my understanding” – it was OK.
Day in and day out, God continued to bless me with His peace. Gary began throwing again and getting stronger as the weeks went by. We knew and trusted that God had a great plan for us, and were able to look forward to what lay ahead - in the near future and throughout eternity – whether in or out of baseball.
Through that experience God reminded me that this life truly is a journey. The journey itself is a blessing. It’s a blessing to serve God wherever He sees fit to place me. It’s a blessing to go through trying times because that is when He reveals Himself the most. It’s a blessing to depend on Him. It’s a blessing to hold my Savior’s hand through it all. Today and everyday, I am truly blessed beyond measure.