Thursday, August 1, 2013

Lessons from the softball field: Part 2.....

On Monday, I shared a repost of some lessons I learned through the summertime game of softball. Here is part two of this little series.........

Yesterday, I wrote about my last minute induction to our church softball team. Thankfully, I can catch a little bit better than I can hit, but I was still thankful to be positioned in the outfield. I passed on the opportunity to play short stop!! There's just too much action in the infield for a softball novice like me!!

I noticed a problem, however. It's easy to daydream in the outfield. When hit after hit gets caught by the pitcher or rolls right to the 3rd baseman, I start losing my focus.

And then it happens - one of the big hitters comes to the plate and the ball comes hurling toward ME! If I can catch it, then I have to make a split second decision. Where do I throw the ball?? 1st or 2nd? Am I close enough to tag the runner?? Or maybe I should just get it back to the pitcher??? Decisions, decisions!

My hubby gave me some advice: Even when nothing is going on in the outfield, it's important to be thinking through your plan of action, IN CASE something comes your way.

Wow!! A spiritual application immediately came to my mind! It's so easy to become relaxed in our walk with the Lord. We become comfortable in our routine, and forget to strengthen ourselves for the battles that are bound to come.
Ephesians 5:15, 16, "See then that you walk circumspectly, not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil."

I need to take advantage of even the quiet times in my life to build up my faith and prepare my heart for the decision making that is headed my away!

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10 comments:

GlowinGirl said...

Good point! Those last minute decisions are killer if we don't know what we're doing -- if we have no game plan, no direction or sense of purpose. :) I stink at baseball, by the way. Grin.

Carolee Sperry said...

So true!

Love how you relate(not sure that's the word I want) your experiences to matters of the spirit.

Adam said...

Great devotional thought and very true!

rachelpereira said...

Thanks for your comment, honey!! =)

Kristine said...

This is so good and such a great analogy. Having played softball (albeit a very long time ago when I was still but a wee lass) I can really relate to the notion of losing focus while all the action is at the bases and how important it is to keep our attention on what's going on. Great post!

Rachel said...

Thanks for your sweet comments, y'all!! =)

Jennifer said...

Great application, Rachel. Sometimes life gets kind of quiet and uneventful...and you're so right, that's our time to "train" for when it's not so uneventful! ;)

Jennifer
http://www.thefarriswheel.blogspot.com

I'm a full-time mummy said...

Hi Rachel!

Thanks for hoping by my blog earlier and glad you enjoyed my post (What is Your Talent?)! Looking forward to see you back in my blog sometime! :D
( I'm a full-time mummy )

Stephanie @ The Helping Mommy said...

I love the wisdom in this post....I hadn't thought of it that way (preparing myself for the trials in the quiet time).

Sorry I missed you on iFellowship day....I'm catching up now. Yes, I'm hoping to be on the call tonight as well. Hope to talk to you then!

Rachel K said...

Thank you so much Rachel for your thoughts! I completely agree and need to take advantage of those quiet moments to draw closer to my Savior! Thank you for being such a blessing and encouragament!