I grew up playing baseball with my buddies on a makeshift field about a stone’s throw away from my house. We also played Little League together—but it wasn’t long before our friend Glenn left all of us in the dust.
In high school, Glenn excelled big-time. He could hit, run, steal, pitch and field better than anyone on our team. He was our ace pitcher—and played shortstop with a golden glove whenever he wasn’t pitching.
As freshmen—we got used to being watched by professional baseball scouts during our practices and games. Actually, they were there to watch Glenn—not us. Half-way through that season, Glenn moved up to play varsity.
Glenn could really hurl a baseball. He threw it hard, right over the plate. Coach Waibel and the scouts clocked Glenn’s fastball at 90+ miles per hour!
Coach said Glenn was going to be the next Nolan Ryan. He threw so hard that our catchers wore triple padding inside their gloves—and it still stung like crazy. I know— because I caught Glenn a time or two.
But Glenn never went pro. He got beaned by a curveball.
One January afternoon, he was paralyzed in a snow accident during our senior year. Amazingly, Glenn recovered from his temporary paralysis—but he never walked or talked the same again.
When life throws curveballs and fastballs at you, how do you react? Maybe you yell and argue with the umpire. Step out of the box. Close your eyes. Dodge the pitch.
Sometimes life hurts. Trials hit hard. We think it’s unfair. We feel picked on. We want to toss in the towel and head for the locker room. We feel like giving up and walking away.
Never forget—God umpires your life, watching the pitches and calling the strikes and balls. He coaches and cheers for you. He improves your game. God helps you to see and shake off those crazy zingers. He shouts, “Stay in the game and keep swinging!”
Colossians 3:15-16 says, “Let the peace of Christ rule [umpire] in your hearts … and be thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly.”
That’s great encouragement for tough days—but sometimes not so easy to do.
So, when life tosses a crazy curveball at you—keep your eye on the ball, stay in the box, lean into the pitch and experience God’s peace.
Will you hang tough in the game of life and do what Coach says?