“I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.” (Philippians 4:11)
Sometimes baseball life can be amazing. Sometimes it can be heart-wrenching. My husband, Seth, had three seasons that were less than story-book; in three consecutive years he incurred three season-ending injuries. In 2002 it was a broken shin, in 2003 a torn shoulder, and in 2004 a fastball hit him in the wrist and broke the bone in his arm completely in half. At the end of that last season and I sarcastically said, "Well surely we are due a good year."
As soon as the words left my mouth the Holy Spirit convicted me by bringing the verse Galatians 2:20 to mind, "I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me." When I became a Christian I told Jesus that I would die to myself and to the things of this world--I would crucify my life and lay it down to Him. This means that I would die even to the things I think I may be entitled to. As a Christian I am not promised a fairy-tale baseball season or even a baseball career for my husband. What I am promised is that by placing my trust in Christ, I am guaranteed that God will walk with my family no matter what road we travel. He will never leave me nor forsake me (Joshua 1:5).
It is amazing to look back over those three years and see how God used my husband to be a witness or took him through great spiritual growth through his injuries. At times it was a tough road. We had to crucify a lot of expectations. Those three seasons did not look like accomplishments in the baseball world, but in God's kingdom, God received glory and His kingdom was furthered.
You may never know what baseball holds for you and sometimes may doubt why you are still even in it. I am firmly convinced, however, that we all must search and find what God is doing, whatever state we are in, and work with all our might to be a part of it.
Prayer: Lord, help me to be satisfied with where You place us and to be a living testimony of your grace and power.
Suggested Reading: Philippians 4:10-13