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March 16, 2020

Trust in the Time of Coronavirus

“But forget all that—it is nothing compared to what I am going to do. For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland. The wild animals in the fields will thank me, the jackals and owls, too, for giving them water in the desert. Yes, I will make rivers in the dry wasteland so my chosen people can be refreshed. I have made Israel for myself, and they will someday honor me before the whole world." (Isaiah 43:18-21)

There’s a lot of chaos going on around us, not just in baseball, but in our communities, careers, finances, country, and the world. A virus is spreading and breeding fear and panic across our nation. We are living in an unprecedented time where stadiums are empty and the players and staff who call those stadiums home are wondering what’s next. There’s a lot of unknowns for all of us during this pandemic.
But fear does not come from God. And we do have something solid to cling to. That no matter what situations we find ourselves in, God is always working and always providing in our need. We’ve seen Him work before in so many ways. We each have testimony of that. So why now, do we doubt what He is capable of? Why now, do we question how we will ever make it through? 
When you’re wandering in the wilderness it’s so hard to imagine the promise land. When you’re focused on the valley you’re in, it’s hard to see the mountain top. It’s hard to remember all the other valleys we were pulled out of, wilderness we found our way through, or the mountains we’ve already stood on. But God tells us that everything He’s already done for us, it’s nothing compared to what He will do next. (Isaiah 43:18).

So many of us are in the valley right now. There’s a lot of uncertainty. Many of us are facing financial hardship and have no idea where the the next paycheck, meal, or roof over our heads will come from. Our men are wondering if and when they will get to go back to work and back to the game they love. 
But we are not going to allow our current circumstance to become a tragedy. Our current circumstance will become a testimony of Gods goodness. God tells us He will make a way in the wilderness and create rivers in the wasteland. (Isaiah 43:19). God tells us He will provide. He will give us such a big reason to honor and praise Him, for all the world to see. (Isaiah 43:21). We’ve read the incredible stories of God leading His people out of desperate circumstances. Now we get to be those people and tell our story all for His glory!
This is an opportunity to show the world how good our God is. Let’s rise to that by putting our trust in Him, praying for each other, and keeping our eyes open to what He is doing in the middle of the valley. That way, when we are back on the mountain top, there will be no denying how we got there. The world is watching, don’t we want them to see God in this? 

Prayer: Lord, we need You to guide our steps right now. We are lost and wandering, fearful of what is next, and we pray that You would take that fear and replace it with a peace that knows You are able to and will provide. We pray for those who are without income that You give them financial relief. We pray for those without a place to stay that You give them a roof. We pray for those who don’t know what next step to take that You show them the way clearly and that we would all trust You enough to walk in the direction you want without knowing where it leads next. I pray our faith would be big and bold enough to know there is a mountain top on the other side of this. And I pray when we get there You would use all of this as more testimony of Your goodness and we would honor You for the world to see.

Suggested Reading: Psalm 91

Jessica Thompson

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

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