“Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.” (1 Corinthians 15:58)
One night a number of years ago, when my husband came home from the ballpark, we talked about how different that season had been from any other. Professionally, Cody had been adjusting to a back-up role, which had proven to be a bigger challenge than expected. I had been trying to juggle motherhood, my Master’s program, and a busy freelance writing career.
Personally, we were experiencing the early days of parenthood together and trying to maintain friendships over long distances. I had to admit that I had been particularly lonely that season. I hadn’t been going to very many games, so my social interaction had been extremely limited, and my good friends were scattered all over the country.
When the opportunity arose to submit devotionals as part of the Baseball Chapel Women’s Devotionals, I wasn’t immediately convinced that I had anything to share with other wives. “I’m living in a bubble right now,” I thought. “What could I possibly have to say?” Reluctantly at first, I started jotting down whatever was on my heart at the time. Suddenly, I saw the words take the form of something much more meaningful than I ever expected.
Not only was I reaching out to other wives around the country, most of whom I didn’t know, but I was also helping myself sort through a pile of mental clutter. During those days, so much stood between my Savior and me. If I didn’t take the time to clear the path, it was hard to see through the muck. When I relied on myself to get the job done, I didn’t get very far. I frequently prayed for clarity and opportunities to do God’s will in my life. Praise God for His faithfulness! I was presented with this opportunity and my prayer was answered.
I know that at times it’s been hard gathering new devotionals. I thank God for this ministry and pray that each of us might recognize the power of our words…in our life and in the lives of those we might never meet.
Prayer: Thank you, Father, for the way you use your Word to speak to my heart and to teach me more about you and about myself each day. Help me to always seek to honor you, and to be willing to share these lessons with others.
Suggested Reading: 2 Timothy 4:1-5