One definition of a nomad is someone who has no permanent home. Living this way, even temporarily, presents unique challenges. If it is our desire to remain faithful to our Lord while facing these challenges, then we must begin with a commitment to obey Him at all cost.
Living this nomadic life of baseball has many aspects. We move often due to spring training, the season, and the off-season. Sometimes, an extra move is thrown in there due to a trade, with the decision usually being made without any input from the player. We often live in temporary housing and travel with limited belongings. And, each move requires us to become accustomed to new grocery stores, doctors, and churches. Even getting used to the people in a new area can be hard.
We have some things in common with Abram and Sarah, as described in Genesis beginning in chapter 12. They moved often due to God’s call. They lived in tents and packed everything on their backs and/or the backs of their animals. Each move took them to a new land where they were unfamiliar with the local customs, religions, and markets.
The writer of Hebrews outlines Abraham’s life in chapter 11. It states that Abraham obeyed and went when called, lived as an alien in foreign lands, looked forward to eternity with God, and passed God’s test of faithfulness. Abraham was blessed abundantly for his obedience to God.
I am thankful that the nomadic life of baseball never required me to live in a tent or travel by foot into hostile territory. My Lord only asks that I face the challenges of the day with the same confidence seen in Abraham. He trusted God for direction, provision, and safety and he made the time to worship God along the way. I pray that I can always do the same!