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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Signs

Has God ever told you to do something that just did not make any sense to your rational mind?

Here is a little illustration I found today saved on my computer regarding this issue.

Dave Bosewell tells a story about Earl Weaver, former manager of the Baltimore Orioles. Weaver had a rule that no one could steal a base unless given the steal sign.

This upset one of his star players, Reggie Jackson, because he felt he knew the pitchers and catchers well enough to judge who he could and could not steal off of. So one game he decided to steal without a sign.

He got a good jump off the pitcher and easily beat the throw to second base. As he shook the dirt off his uniform, Jackson smiled with delight, feeling he had vindicated his judgment to his manager. Later Weaver took Jackson aside and explained why he hadn’t given the steal sign.

First, the next batter was Lee May, his best power hitter other than Jackson. When Jackson stole second, first base was left open, so the other team walked May intentionally, taking the bat out of his hands.

Second, the following batter hadn’t been strong against that pitcher, so Weaver felt he had to send up a pinch hitter to try to drive in the men on base. That left Weaver without bench strength later in the game.

Jackson’s problem was he saw only his relationship to the pitcher and catcher. He was only concerned with the present. But Weaver was watching the whole game, all 9 innings.

We, Ladies… and Gentleman*, see only so far, but God sees the bigger picture.

We never know what’s coming around the corner of life. Sometimes stealing 2nd base only makes sense because it gets us closer to home. But when we get out of line with God’s plans for our life we take the bat out of His hands and only handicap our own futures.

So, if God is sending us a signal, it’s wise to obey, no matter what we may think WE know.

For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts Isaiah 55:9

Prayer

Lord,

You see what I cannot and I trust that you know what is best for my life. Help me to always follow your signals even when I don't understand. In those times, help me to just stand still and see your salvation.

But you will not even need to fight. Take your positions; then stand still and watch the Lord’s victory. He is with you... Do not be afraid or discouraged... for the Lord is with you!
2 Chronicles 20:17 (NLT)

Have a great day!
Tina

*trying not to exclude the dudes who have informed me they are reading the blogs too. :)

2 comments:

Marlene said...

Very true, if we trust in God with all our heart and lean not on our own understanding,it works every time. I love your articles, read them every week. They are food for thought, full of wisdom,humour and good ole common sense. Much Love

Barbara said...

"the truth will set you free" and this post is full of truth. I'm thankful we can trust God's heart and plan, when we can see what his hands are doing. What a great post, Tina....as always!!!!