Have you noticed when life throws us a curveball, it’s so easy to go talk to others or post on our social media? We talk to others before giving ourselves time to think it through and go to our Heavenly Father to ask Him how to negotiate the unexpected terrain. I think one of the main reasons we have a hard time slowing down to assess in these difficult moments — is that we don’t want to. Let’s face it: who wants to deal with the moments in life that are rough? We want the instant fix. Much like baseball, it would be so much easier if everything was pitched at a medium speed with no curves, but that isn’t life and it isn’t baseball.
So how do we deal with a curveball? I don’t know about you, but I am a bit rusty with the mechanics of a curveball, even though I grew up in a house with two brothers and my dad who were very involved in baseball. After a quick search on Youtube, I found that professional baseball players have a technique not only to hit a curveball, but also to knock it out of the park. Giancarlo Stanton, a Major League Baseball player for the Miami Marlins, is one of the best for reading and hitting a curveball. He breaks it down into three fluid steps: first, stand ready to hit; next, wait for the ball to come to you; and last, swing fast. Sounds easy enough, but putting all of that together in one short movement is the trick.
So we have to stand ready because according to John 16:33 we will have trouble. The verse says, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” The next step is so hard because we are not wired to wait. There have been many times in our life when we have acted out of haste and regretted it. Also, it is a wise discipline to wait and hold back from going and looking for curveballs. Waiting gives us time to gather all the facts. And last, swing quickly— Once we have asked God for His guidance, we can follow through with solidly dealing with the issue and getting it behind us.
The final thing to remember is that God uses each “pitch” to make us a better “player.” James 1:2-4 says, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” Step up to the plate and hey batter, batter……Swing!