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Saturday/Sunday: February 1, 2019

God’s Timing

“Then the Lord did exactly what he had promised. Sarah became pregnant, and she gave a son to Abraham in his old age. It all happened at the time God had said it would.” (Genesis 21:1)

A number of years ago the Louisville Bats wives studied Sarah’s life. The first reason that study seemed appropriate was because Sarah lived in a tent. These minor league wives might as well live in a tent. I am continually amazed with their flexibility! There are few lifestyles that are so uncertain. Will we be called up? Will we be traded? Will we be released? 

There are many similarities in the emotions that Sarah experienced and the emotions of wives in baseball…loyalty and faithfulness to her husband, humor in the situation she found herself, the desire to fix or manipulate circumstances, jealousy, devotion to her son, doubt of God’s plan for her and her family, and ultimate obedience to God.     

We try so hard to walk in God’s will, but many times we take a situation back and press individuals into compliance with our wills. We must learn to “let go and let God." This is a major exercise in grace and trusting…and exercise takes practice.

The verses above give testament to God’s faithfulness. What has God promised us? 

That He cares about us so much that he knows the number of hairs on our heads…That He will provide for our needs…That He understands our trials and testing…That we can have eternal life through faith in Him. 

There will probably be a whole new set of wives on our team each year. We get acquainted and build a trust and love for each other, and then the season is over. Somehow we never stay in touch the way we promise we will. But they will find themselves in a new city with new teachers and encouragers and I will begin a ministry to my “new” wives, and in it all we thank our Lord that our paths have crossed and we are all a little closer to understanding His plan for our lives and His love for us because of the time we have spent together.

Prayer: Thank you, Lord, for the security of knowing that you ALWAYS keep your promises! Help me to wait patiently for your timing, remembering that it’s best.

Suggested Reading: Genesis 21:1-8

Colleen Endres

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

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