Life threw me a curveball.
I know all about curveballs. Not only have I received many of them in life, I also threw numerous ones in my softball pitching days. My curveball was pretty slick, if I do say so myself.
The thing about curveballs is they are difficult to hit. That’s why pitchers learn to throw them. Maybe that’s the reason life likes to throw them at us too.
Curveballs are tricky. They look like they are a straight toss, but due to their spin, just at the last second they curve, often tricking the batter to either swing and miss or not swing at all and have a strike called against him.
Strike three! You’re out!
That was me. I felt like the batter who was taken out by a curveball. And there wasn’t one thing I could do about it.
What followed wasn’t pretty. Stemming from my questions, my insecurities, my lack of understanding what God was up to, my emotions roared.
Excuses. Assumptions. Suspicions. Accusations.
Oh, the crazy places our minds go when we take our eyes off the One who has the answers!
Doing so, irrational and unreasonable behavior was close behind. Bless my husband who took the brunt of it all, and who helped me see my focus was on my circumstances and not on my God.
What a difference!
Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own.
Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track.
Yes, God’s the One who keeps me on track… when I keep my attention on Him and not on my circumstances. It becomes a dangerous place when I try to figure out everything on my own.
No more excuses. No more assumptions. No more suspicions or accusations.
They all disappear in the presence of Truth and trust.
Friend, what kind of curve ball has life thrown at you? It may appear to be a big one. One that is attempting to shake the ground you’re standing on, or even take you out.
May I remind us all, we aren’t alone at the plate. God is with us.
And when we do all we can to keep our eyes on Him, no curveball can strike us out. No curveball can make us hang our heads in defeat. Our thoughts and life will be fixed on Truth and trust.
Oh, the peace in that right there.
We don’t need to have the answers. All we need to do is trust the One who has them.
Friend, we can live free and rest in that truth today.
God bless you!
What joy it is to link this post up with Suzie Eller and friends at #livefreeThursday. Whatever you are walking through today, you’ll find extra encouragement over there. Come join us, won’t you??
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