Recovery: It's a God Thing
Friday June 23, 2017
by Teresa McBean
Scripture Reading for today: Esther 10; John 11 and 12
Years ago, before my daughter grew up; she was a little girl who loved to play softball. One year Meredith had a teammate who was particularly precious. This kid was (and is) awesome. She liked softball, but I wouldn’t say she loved it or made it an obsession. She enjoyed it, and she seemed to feel absolutely no pressure to perform. It didn’t bother her a bit that she went the entire season (every season) without swinging a bat. Oh, she got up to the plate to bat. She just never swung at the ball.
Lots of times she’d “get lucky” and get hit by a pitch or walked by a pitcher having a bad day. She loved those days and would trot off to first with a fist-pumping delight usually reserved for a sweet, home-run hit. Most days, she went down with three strikes.
The girls’ coach (a remarkably patient woman) was known to mutter from the dugout, “Why are you taking that bat with you? Just leave it here in the dugout. Save your strength.” It was said in jest and everyone knew it. Soft chuckles of acceptance and love blanketed the little girl who loved to play ball but hated to swing for the fences.
Softball lovers everywhere would consider this kid’s failure to swing a defect of character. But she’s grown up into quite an accomplished woman even with her history of “no hit” seasons. Big deal. So she never hit a baseball. But when we leave our spiritual bats in the dugout, that’s no laughing matter.
God has told us that He is “Rapha” (“rapha” is a Hebrew word literally meaning “to heal, one stitch at a time”) God. He has promised to adopt us, heal us, restore us, renew us and in the process to transform us. He’s got a big job. Fortunately, He’s God and can handle it.
But we have a job, too. Sure, he gives us the willingness, the ability and the resources to accomplish it. He designs us with the perfect temperament type, love language, gifts, talents, shortcomings, and character defects to make us perfect for the mission He’s sent us to accomplish. But we’ve got to be willing to pick up the bat. We’ve got to learn how to read the pitch and swing at the appropriate time. We’ve got to allow God to teach us the proper way to swing, and let go of our improper techniques that hold us back. Step six is one step in the process required to become an awesome player in thekingdomofGod.
Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit. 2 Corinthians 3:17-18 NIV
I suggest that it is far better to go down swinging, learn from our strikeouts, and return to swing another day than simply to stand at the plate and hope we get hit by an incoming pitch. Are you ready to rise above your limitations?