Each summer my husband plays church league softball. I used to try to park as close to the field as possible until Adam explained that I might want to park further out so our car didn’t get hit by a fly ball. I also used to sit where I could get the best view, until Adam said I should remain behind the fence so I didn’t get a foul ball in the face.
Obviously I had a thing or two to learn about softball. Hubby’s perspective and advice helped keep me safe.
Just when we think we’ve found a good parking spot in life or an ideal seat among the crowd, life can throw us a curve ball.
Now, the curve ball isn’t always a bad thing, it can actually be just what is needed to keep us on our toes.
Last fall we were thrown a curve ball. We found out we were expecting. Our plan was to adopt again but God had a different plan. It only took about 3.5 seconds (or less) to rally behind His will.
By His grace we saw the beauty of the curve ball and embraced the unexpected.
But the curve balls of life are not always so warm and welcoming. They can catch us off-guard and even level us flat if we aren’t careful.
Maybe you’ve been pummeled by the unexpected in the form of a flood, false accusations, a difficult medical diagnosis, a big move, or a devastating loss.
If so, you are not alone. This lineup of bible characters can relate: Noah faced a flood, Joseph was falsely accused, Job experienced excruciating physical and emotional pain, Abraham left the familiar and moved in faith (not knowing where he was going) and Naomi experienced devastating loss.
The unexpected was costly, difficult, and life-altering for each of these biblical greats, yet their curve balls were used to prepare them for greater things than they could have fathomed. Salvation, sanctification, restoration, transformation, and redemption were ushered into their stories as their world was turned upside down.
Does your world feel upside down today? Let’s ask God for His perspective and advice as we face the unexpected. Let’s go to His Word to keep us grounded in hope.
Here are 3 timeless truths to help us stand tall when the curve balls of life come our way:
Psalm 13:5 “But I trust in Your unfailing love, my heart rejoices in Your salvation.”
Psalm 56:3 “When I am afraid, I will trust in You.”
Romans 15:13 “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
Dear God: Thank You that You hold us close, and that we are not alone. Thank You that You know best and that You use the unexpected to mold and shape us. Thank You that You are Faithful and True. Even when our future feels uncertain, we know that You know all and that You don’t change. Be our Rock that we can stand upon when the waters rise. Be our Comforter when we feel forgotten and invisible. Be our Hope as we face hardship and heartache. Be our Security when you call us to walk in faith and leave our comfort zone. Be our Provider as we face difficult times. You are in charge and we choose today to trust You, no matter what. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
P.S. My friend Cindy Bultema inspired this post through her reflections on curve balls.