A few summers ago my husband coached rookie ball in Missoula, Montana. It was our first time traveling as a family since before we had kids. Because we were in rookie ball, I was the only wife on the team, and things got lonely pretty fast. I had fun hanging out with my kids, but I can only watch “Dog with a Blog” so many times before I start craving adult conversation.
Living in Montana in the summer is a dream, and we had the most wonderful time, but I did start to wonder why I was there all alone, and what I could possibly do for God in this place.
God reminded me of two important things:
- I wasn’t alone, there were people all around me who don’t know Him.
- I wasn’t alone in feeling alone, there were other baseball girls in other cities all over the country feeling the same way as me.
After 15 years in professional baseball, God reminded me that He never places us anywhere by mistake.
My eyes were suddenly opened to the women around me. The season ticket holder who sat next to me almost every night. The mom who invited us over after storytime at the library. The coach’s wife who came to visit in the middle of the season.
It was like God gently lifted my head and put my focus where it needed to be, right in front of me.
And the baseball girls all over the country who were feeling alone too? I started to brainstorm a way for all of us to connect and share and build each other up. I took one tiny step of faith, and God met me there. And as I continued to walk in faith during the summer and through the offseason, God started to do something incredible. What was once a tiny nudge from God, is now a community of women 969 strong and growing every day. I can’t wait to see what He will do next as I learn to trust Him more.
And for those of you wondering what in the world you are doing in whatever town you’re in now, remember…You are in this season for a reason. Don’t miss it.