I am often asked which sport I like the best. Here is how I respond:
I like to watch football on television, play basketball, and watch baseball in person.
There is something about a ballgame (in the summer) with the sound of the crack of the bat, hot dogs and the fresh air that is wonderful.
Here's what I know about baseball. It is predicated on precision and predictability.
Steven Roberts writes, "A .260 hitter might have a good or bad year, but eventually he will revert to his norm. He will hit .260. It's the same with pitching. Conventional hurlers deliberately try to spin the ball in a certain way. Depending on that spin, the ball will sink or curve, break left or right."
"But there is one notable exception to baseball's predictability - the knuckleball. A good knuckleball hardly pins at all. Because a knuckler doesn't spin, it is entirely unpredictable......As a result, the pitcher and the catcher - let alone the hitter - have no idea where the ball is going."
Doesn't that describe life?
Have you ever caught yourself saying, "it is always something?"
Sometimes life throws us a curveball. But sometimes it is even worse. We are thrown a knuckleball where it is like trying to eat Jell-O with chop sticks.
Nothing we do is right. Everything we try doesn't work. We don't know what to do.
A few suggestions when the "knuckle ball" comes:
Realize that it is a season of difficulty.
Realize that God is in control.
Realize that while you might "strike out" this time - there is always another at-bat.
Don't quit. Keep on going. You will eventually hit a home run.
Just a thought for a Tuesday.