For so long I have been going, going, going with baseball every day. Now that I’m in recovery, things are going pretty slow. I’m taking the time now to dive into a lot of reading, building the wealth of wisdom God can give me. Not only am I pouring into Scripture, I’m also studying the writings and wisdom of people God has spoken through. I’m studying subjects like parenting, theology and walking through struggles. I see this almost as a sabbatical for me — a time to step away from the noise and dive into my relationship with Christ.
It’s ironic that I tore my ACL, MCL and PCL this year, and last year I tore my pec. These are not normal baseball injuries; these are more common football injuries! I know it’s a cliche thing to say, but I know I’m going to come back stronger because of this. This is not a setback, it’s just another step on the journey. It’s not every day that we get to stop and work on strengthening our bodies completely.
The Bible is very clear on the subject of suffering and trials. Romans 5:3-4 says, “We rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope.” It’s in these times we draw closer to God and deeper in our faith. We grow stronger in our character and get a better perspective of what’s important in our lives. I don’t look at my situation and get depressed or take a victim mentality. I’ve seen God work in the past and every time I go through something like this, I know I’ll come out stronger mentally, spiritually and physically.
I can either take the victim mentally and play the woe-is-me card, or I can choose to trust in God’s plan. There’s nothing I could have done about my injury; it’s not something I would have drawn up for my career. But then again, I’m not God. He knows what He’s doing. The worst part of this is that I feel for my teammates and the fans of Arizona. I wanted to go out there for all of them and use the talent God’s given me. Now I’m here, and I can’t do anything about it. But what I can do is continue to seek God and give Him the glory.
Hopefully, one day when I look back at this time, I will be thankful and see how it all makes sense for the purposes of God. I’m trusting in Him to, once again, unveil His greater plan.
— Steven Souza, Arizona Diamondbacks right fielder
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