Posted by: heisourstrongtower | August 27, 2013

Batter Up…

Just as our bodies have many parts and each part has a special function, so it is with Christ’s body. We are many parts of one body, and we all belong to each other. Romans 12:4-5 NLT

I was not made to walk the Christian life alone.  As it says in the verses above…TOGETHER we are the body of Christ; we are many parts of one body and we all belong to each other.

I have played lots of softball in my life.  I began playing when I was 9 years old and I played until I was almost 40.  One game, though, still sticks in my mind, more than any other.  I was probably 12 years old and it was the middle of August in St. Louis….hot…Hot…HOT!!!!!!!!  My position was catcher and so I had on all the equipment; knee pads, chest protector and face-mask.  And this was the second game of a double-header that had started at 1:00 pm.  I. Was. Hot!!!!

It was my turn to bat and let’s just say that I never played to lose…I was highly competitive and no matter how overheated I might have felt, I would never have voluntarily benched myself.  I got up to the plate and hit a line-drive down the third-base line…I knew I could make it to second on that hit and so that was my goal.  I slowed midway between first and second to coast when I saw the third-base coach windmilling me home.  I was at the end of my strength, so far I had played 11 innings of ball in 100 degree weather, with only a 30 minute break between the two games…I was exhausted and more than likely dehydrated…but I was never one to ignore the allure of the home-run.

I cranked it back up and full-out ran for home…where I promptly fainted on home-plate.  My “special” function in that game was over.  I took on more than I could handle…on my own.  The one thing that I did not want to happen…happened.

I. Got. Benched!!!  For my own good!

I believe that many of us are looking for that figurative home-run.  We want to do it all on our own.  We forget to rely on the other people around us and God to get the job done.  I wasn’t the only catcher on my soft-ball team, there was another girl who could have taken my place.  But I didn’t want to give up my position to somebody else.  I was worried that someone could do the job better than me and so I kept such a tight hold on my position that I had to give it up….for the rest of that game.

I was taken out of the game for my own well-being.  I did not see it that way, at the time…I insisted, once I came to, that I could continue playing.  Thank God more discerning minds prevailed and I was carted off of the field by my parents, and driven home to air conditioning and lots of water.

God will do the same thing!  He will step in and take you out of the game!  He will bring water, cool air, rest and respite to your life.  He will remind you that you do not walk this earth all alone, He has placed other people in your life to help you get through each and every day.  You do not have to win the game all by yourself.  Don’t waste what God has given you to use, on this day, just because you are too proud to ask God and others for help.

I am sometimes a slow-learner and God has had to step in, and take me out of the game on several occasions.

A job that was draining me of all of my strength and taking over my life…

A friendship of long-standing, which was not bringing glory to God…

He removed my children from the pedestal’s that I had placed them on…He was teaching me that I should not hold onto anything tighter than I am holding on to Him.

And right now…He has moved me back down to the minor’s for further training in my role as a wife.

You know the point to all of this is that sometimes we want the home-run so badly that we take risks that God never wanted us to take and we get thrown out at home.  Other times we decide to play it safe, when God wants us to take a few risks and because we can’t get from first to home…we get stranded on base.  Then there are the times we are reading His signals correctly, but we are playing the game for the applause of others instead of for God’s glory and He benches us, for our own good and to teach us to do all things through Him and for His glory!

I am not out of the game…I am just waiting for God to say, “Batter up!”

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