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September 2, 2019

There IS Crying in Baseball

"We've been surrounded and battered by troubles, but we're not demoralized; we're not sure what to do, but we know that God knows what to do; we've been spiritually terrorized, but God hasn't left our side; we've been thrown down, but we haven't broken. What they did to Jesus, they do to us—trial and torture, mockery and murder; what Jesus did among them, he does in us—he lives! Our lives are at constant risk for Jesus' sake, which makes Jesus' life all the more evident in us. While we're going through the worst, you're getting in on the best!" (2 Corinthians 4:8-11)

Most of us remember the famous line Tom Hanks delivered in the movie A League of Their Own: “There’s no crying in baseball!” Well, I am sure most of you would agree with me that Mr. Hanks was wrong. If you have been involved in this game very long, you have probably encountered some level of heart ache, whether it be a season long slump or an injury, a demotion or a horrible night on the mound.

For the first 6 and half years of Russ’ career, we had some ups and downs, but always managed to end successfully. Well, we know that doesn’t last forever, and one year we found ourselves in the middle of our worst baseball trial to that point. However, after the initial sting of the shock wore off, we quickly remembered that God had a plan. The Holy Spirit blanketed us both with His peace, and protected us from the unkind words of the media and public.

We have all undoubtedly heard great biblical teachings on trials (James 1:2-4), and I have nothing new to add. I just wanted to weigh in on the topic in baseball terms and encourage all of you that God does not lead us up to the top of the mountain to throw us over the cliff. 

The beautiful thing about being a child of God is that we can know for certain that every single thing we go through is for His glory and our good (Romans 8:28). All the things we go through will either sanctify (to make holy/Christ-like) us, or sanctify someone around us. So we do not need to worry, but instead ask, “So where are we going next, Lord?” 

Our life will not be trial free, but we can rest knowing He will never leave or forsake us (Joshua 1:5). He can use all our experiences to glorify Him if our hearts are willing and obedient.

There IS crying in baseball because there is crying in life. Life is hard and stressful and we are promised trials (Romans 5:2-4), but we do not have to walk the road alone. Our Savior loves us and is more than worthy of our trust, so instead of crying alone, cry on the shoulder of His Almighty Jersey!

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I heard the wonderful hymn His Eye is on the Sparrow the other day, and the truth and poignancy of the words made me weep, so it seemed like an appropriate way to end this devotional. 

Why should I feel discouraged?

Why should the shadows come?

Why should my heart be lonely, and long for heaven and home?

When Jesus is my portion, My constant friend is He.

His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.

Let not your heart be troubled, His tender words I hear,

And resting on His goodness, I lose my doubts and fears

Tho' by the path He leadeth, but one step I may see;

His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.

Whenever I am tempted, whenever clouds arise,

When songs give place to sighing, when hope within me dies,

I draw the closer to Him, from care He sets me free;

His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.

So, I sing because I'm happy,

I sing because I'm free,

For His eye is on the sparrow,

And I know He watches me.

Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for always seeing me and watching over me. I love you.

Suggested Reading: 2 Corinthians 4

Stacy Ortiz


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