Friday, April 15, 2016

Batter Up! (Will You Swing?)

Imagine this. You're up to bat in the bottom of the ninth inning. The game's tied. There's two outs and the bases are loaded. Everybody's watching. The entire ball game rests on these final few pitches, whether you swing or not; whether you get tagged out or called safe.

Whew, pressure much?

Sometimes I feel that way. I bet most of you have, too. I'll try to explain better.

The ball represents, well, it could be just about anything, but in this case, I'm going to say it's a hard time you're going through. That, again, has many possibilities. A friend or family member could be sick, your family could be going through a tough time, you could have a difficult decision to make. The pitch is coming at you, and you can't stop it. You feel as if life is trying to knock you off your feet, and everyone around you is watching, waiting to see what you will do and how you will react during this time. The pressure is on.

That's where the trail splits. What do you do when you're going through a difficult circumstance? Do you swing at everything, hoping you'll just happen to do the right thing? Do you sit back and watch the pitches fly by, hoping it'll somehow all be fine if you ignore the problem?

Or do you suit up in the full armor of God (Ephesians 6:11) and ask Him to guide you, to give you peace, to see you through whatever it is you may be going through?
He may not miraculously make the situation disappear or reveal the exact solution, but He will give you a peace that surpasses all understanding (Philippians 4:7). We just have to trust His will and His timing for everything (Ecclesiastes 3:1). If we do, then no matter how the final result turns out, it will always be a home run!

37 'No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.'
Romans 8:37-39

Well, this may have been short, and it may or may not have been the best analogy or description, but I felt led to post something along these lines, and since I've been helping coach a softball team this spring, the idea of using that sport as an analogy came to mind while I was thinking of a new post.
Hope you enjoyed and that it spoke to you in some way! Always remember that Jesus loves you! 

And here's a little fun joke to end the post!
Q: When was baseball mentioned in the bible?
A: The first verse! It says, 'In the big inning...' 

Until next time!

~Livi Jane


  1. Wow, inspriring and powerful

    1. can put the thing were everytime u post we get sent an email?

  2. Wow, I really appreciated this post. Thank you so much fr writing, Olivia!

    Oh, and also, I nominated you for the Liebster award! :)