Monday, April 15, 2013

Do Not Fret

Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass. Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil. For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the Lord, they shall inherit the earth.  –Psalm 37:7-9 (KJV)

Baseball season is now in full swing and with it comes my annual dilemma.  My problem is I love to watch baseball, but lack the time to watch entire games.  Being from Dayton, Ohio makes me a lifelong fan of the Cincinnati Reds.  Many of my fondest childhood memories are of going to games at the old River Front Stadium, which has been gone for many years now.  My older brother, Tom, can recall going to games with our father at the old Crosley Field, it too is long gone, where the players would sometimes hit homeruns out of the park and into the parking lot.  Yes, I love to watch a good baseball game, especially if the Reds are playing.  The problem, however, is my schedule seldom permits me this luxury.

Perhaps I will throw you a curveball (no pun intended), and pose a baseball trivia question.  Who is the youngest player ever to play in the majors?  While you are thinking about this I will give you a hint.  He was only 15 years old at the time and he played for the Reds.  On June 10, 1944 he only pitched a few innings of one game, which the Reds lost (they were already losing), yet that is a tremendous accomplishment for such a young player.  This young man was called up at the last minute, pitched a few innings, and was then taken out of the game.  He didn’t pitch another major league game for several more years, but he went on to a successful career with the Reds. 

I am trying to get my mind around the pressure he must have faced.  I wonder if was fretting as he stepped up to the pitcher’s mound?  While few of us know what it’s like to play for the majors. We do know all about fretting.  This is the awful process of not being able to concentrate on anything because we cannot let go of a problem we are facing.  God said in His Word that fretting is never what we should do.  We should not fret, for it leads only to evil.  If we fret, we are liable to take our eyes off of the Lord, which in turn may cause us to launch off on our own way and out of God’s will. 

We are always better off trusting Christ and walking forward in faith no matter the circumstances.  The next time you feel problems closing in take time to pray and claim God’s promise that He is always with us and will not forsake us (Matthew 28:20).  God has a plan for our lives.  Our best response to the trials of life is to wait upon the Lord and trust Him at all times. 

Now, the answer to my trivia question; the player’s name was Joe Knuxhall, and if you visit the Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati you will find a statue in his memory.  Great faith requires courage and commitment.  God is in control.

God bless you today.