Batter Up!

imageIt is baseball season. I haven’t been to a baseball game all season, which is a little saddening.  I even had to give away the Braves v. Mets tickets I had for June 17, 2013 because I was out of town.  I played some form of ball (involving a ball, bat and glove) from the age of 4 years to 20 years old (when I graduated from college).  Check out my gear to the left. 🙂 I often batted fourth, especially when I played slow pitch softball, because I had the power to be the clean-up hitter. It was a badge of honor to look at the line-up and see “Tara” listed fourth. But, something that many of us, including me, sometime fail to realize is that we don’t have the power to clean – up all the messes in our lives. These messes are our proverbial mountains.

Sunday’s sermon title was “Mountain Mover.” The text was selected verses from 2 Kings 19. The preacher preached about different types of mountains, why they aren’t removed from our lives when we speak to them and what we must do in order for God to move these mountains.  It definitely gave me a different perspective on the subject.

Mountains are those things in our lives that cause us stress or anxiety. Mountains can literally be just about anything – finances, health,  work or family.   We all have or have had mountains in our lives.  The bible tells us that if we have faith and speak to our “mountains” they will move (Mark 11:23).  But, there are times that we have spoken to our mountains and they haven’t moved. We may have thought that we didn’t have enough faith or that we weren’t saying the right things.  But, as the preacher said yesterday, the real reason that God has not moved the mountains in our lives is because we have not met the prerequisites by:

(1) Being humble – 2 Chronicles 3:12-14 & 1 Peter 5:5-6;
(2) Repenting of our past sins – Luke 13:5; and
(3) Asking God for direction – Proverbs 3:5-6.

Another reason our mountains aren’t removed from our lives when we speak to them is because we try to depend upon our own power – knowledge, logic and other abilities.  We try and try again to structure our lives the way “we” want them to go. But, we fail, time and time again. To continue the baseball analogy, it was “a swing and a miss.” We must remember that God’s ways are not our ways.  His thoughts aren’t our thoughts. He knows what is best for us, even when it is not what we had envisioned for ourselves. (Isaiah 55:8-9).

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WE will never be able to ensure constant sunshine and roses in our lives.  Even God doesn’t promise those things. He promises love, guidance, eternal life (through Jesus Christ) and provision for our needs.  We all have our own mountains.  If we rely on our own strength, we will make numerous failed attempts to climb them.  With God, he will remove them completely.  When our best efforts aren’t working, it is God’s turn at bat.  When we sometimes try to do things based on our perceived power, God doesn’t get to take his turn first.  Because we think God will take too long, we don’t even let God go second, third or even fourth.  Sometimes, depending upon the situation, we keep trying to make things work out based on what we think we know or what we think we can do.  If we rely on God, he will not only get us to first base, but he will see us through until we make it around the bases and slide beautifully into home plate. When we ask and allow God to be the clean – up batter in our lives, it is God-honoring.

Once we focus on God, His kingdom and His love, we will know it is God’s turn to speak to the mountain. Once we let God have his turn, everything will work out. He will fight our battles.  He will use us for His glory.  He will work through us so that others can see our good works and glorify him (Matthew 5:16).  He will allso supply all of our needs according to his riches in glory (Philipians 4:19).

Here’s hoping I get to a game before the season is over. 🙂

Love, peace and blessings!

P.S. K.P., an awesome person who is dear to me, inspired this post.
P.P.S.  I made mini peach cobblers Sunday afternoon.  I bought the peaches from an orchard on my way back from Macon Saturday afternoon.  The process was much easier than I expected. But, the flour all over my kitchen would seem to indicate otherwise. 🙂 I’ll be making a larger one for July 4th, but I wanted to test the recipe (which I will post by the end of the week)  in a smaller quantity. My dinner consisted of crab cakes, sautee’d spinach and rye bread with Boursin cheese.  I was very close to heaven!

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One thought on “Batter Up!

  1. What can I say? You’re just God’s blessing to us. We thank Him everyday for how He is working in your life. You have studied to show yourself approved. Your periodic posts are evident of your spiritual growth. We know that God isn’t finished with you yet. Praise His name!

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