“Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the LORD's purpose that prevails.” (Proverbs 19:21)
After being in baseball for many years, my husband had finally reached free agency. I had been praying about this moment for many months. I asked that God would put us where we needed to be for Him, but with the sidebar that he would put us somewhere close to home. On the morning that we had to make our decision about our new team, we had two choices. However, neither of these two teams was anywhere close to home! They were nowhere close to anyplace we wanted to be! I felt that God had really let me down. I questioned whether He had even heard my pleas for what I wanted.
As I began to pray, it seemed as if God was saying, "O thou of little faith..." (Matt. 14:31) I realized that I was behaving like Peter. When Jesus called him, he was able to walk fearlessly upon the water until he began to focus on his circumstances rather than on the Lord. I, like Peter, was sinking, not because He had not heard my prayers but because I had taken my eyes off of my Savior. All I had to do was stretch out my hand, and Jesus rescued me the same way that he rescued Peter. God reminded me that my faith in Him would see me through this time in my life. The day that I turned my fears over to the Lord was the same day that peace entered my heart.
Our time spent on that team provided us with some of our fondest memories in baseball. Even more importantly, we were also able to spread the word of our Lord. This, I believe, is why God truly sent us there.
Over the years, I have learned to be obedient to God’s calling and to keep my eyes focused on Him. The next move in our lives may not be where we want to be, but I can rest in the assurance that it is where He wants us to be. No doubts!
Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for NOT giving me what I ask for when it is outside of your perfect plan. Please continue to lead us and to use us for your glory.
Suggested Reading: Matthew 14:22-33