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March 20, 2020

Surviving the Moves

“If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, even there your hand will guide me...” (Psalm 139:9-10a)

Many people believe that life as a baseball player’s wife is glamorous and exciting. While it has moments that fit that description, most of the time is seems to be unsettled and uncertain. These are the times that Jesus’ command to “not worry about your life” presents a daily challenge. This was never more apparent to me than the year our first child was born.

Like many players, Andy played winter baseball in Puerto Rico. I became pregnant there, returned home for the holidays, and then traveled to Spring Training. Seven weeks later, I traveled in my fully packed car to make the long trek to San Francisco. With three moves behind us, we sat at breakfast discussing the options for housing. As I ate and dreamed, Andy ate and read the sport section. We had been traded! Breakfast came to an abrupt halt and was replaced with indigestion. Within hours, Andy flew out and I stayed behind to make the arrangements for our belongings to be moved. Two days later, I was on my way to meet Andy and complete one more move before the arrival of the baby.

By the end of May, we were finally in Montreal long enough to find a place to live and get settled. My nesting instinct went on a rampage! I worked diligently and enthusiastically to make proper preparations for the birth of our child. I was 10 days overdue when we received the news that Andy had been traded again! I was on my way to meet my husband in Cincinnati when our daughter was 9 days old. Two months later, we returned to Florida. Several weeks later, we were on a plane to Puerto Rico. So goes the glamorous life of a professional baseball player’s wife.

I survived by taking life one day at a time. I was reminded that my Heavenly Father is capable and willing to meet my every need, and He enjoys my childlike dependence upon Him. Through seven moves and five obstetricians, it made life dramatically easier when I was able to let the Lord worry about tomorrow. As Matthew 6:34 says, “Each day has enough trouble of its own.”


Prayer: Lord God, as I think back to the situations you’ve brought me through, I realize once again how much I need to depend on you. Keep these memories fresh in my mind as a reminder of your love, grace and power.

Suggested Reading: Matthew 6:25-31

Jill McGaffigan

Baseball Chapel
P.O. Box 10102
Largo, FL 33773

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