~~I remember my first couple of months here at Way of Life Church. I was younger and definitely a few pounds lighter. I remember one of the first events I was invited to. It was a church versus church baseball game. I remember this very clearly because I was so excited to be a part of this event. My wife and I show up early and begin to stretch out and get ready to show off our skills. Then, much to my surprise and in the infinite wisdom of our coach (Richard Navarro), I ended up getting benched for eight and a half out of nine innings. I was given the opportunity to bat in the bottom of the ninth after we were losing 14-0. However, I will never forget what happened in about the fourth inning. Out of Richard's pity, since I was just sitting on the bench, I was asked if I would like the great privilege of being the third base coach. (Essentially, I would just stand there as a huge target.) So, in the fourth inning my brother-in-law comes up to bat. My brother-in-law is an amazing baseball player and was a really strong batter. The first pitch was up and smack, my brother-in-law hits the ball with all of his might and strength .The ball is coming directly at me at what seems like 100mph. The only thing I could do is turn to the side were the ball strikes my upper thigh and I collapse to my knees. Immediately everyone runs up to me asking if I am ok and can I walk. Me being the man that I am, jumped up quickly and attempted to “play it off” like no big deal or as if I was not in excruciating pain. Internally, I was screaming and crying out for help. After the inning was over, I limped off the field with a fake smile and went to the dugout.
Psalms 50:15 says “And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.” I was thinking how many of you are going through a very difficult season of life but you are like me on that day and “you're playing it off.” I've seen many young people go through some traumatic times where they're hurt and in pain yet, they act like everything is ok. They get knocked down by the devil. They get discouraged. They feel left out and yet are able to put on a fake smile and limp into church. Young adults, be encouraged today that if you are in a down inning in life call upon God. During this time of fasting, God wants you to give Him all your past pain, hurt, resentment and struggles and call upon His name. Don't walk around with a limp caused by someone else. Walk with your head high as a son and daughter of the Most High.