Ask God How He Can Use You - Matthew Boyd

Just like the rest of the country, we as a baseball team experienced a pretty abrupt change to reality. It was surreal to have our baseball season stop like it did. And then we realize we don’t know where we are going from here, no one really does. The only thing we can do is be still and know that it’s eventually going to get better. It will. We just have to be patient and trust in God’s process. 

This really has felt like an extension of the offseason. I’m just trying to do what I can to stay healthy and ready to play. But at the same time, we don’t want to do too much training because it’s possible that the season will go longer this year because of the delay. We don’t want to wear ourselves out as players and prepare competitively for 12 months straight. With everything being up in the air, it’s hard to know exactly what to do.

It’s hard to be a light in the world when you find yourself shut in. But even when you aren’t having the same face-to-face interactions with others that you normally do, there are always ways to share Christ’s love. As you are able, you can give where it’s needed. Remain in contact with others by phone or social media. You may have to put yourself out there more than you usually would, which makes being a witness a bit more challenging, but it’s still doable. It’s necessary.

Above all else, prayer is the greatest thing we can be doing right now. It’s in these times when we need to be leaning into prayer even more. None of us quite knows what’s going to happen, but we know our God is bigger. The best thing we can do is be still and know that He is in control. We can do what we can for today, but outside of that, we need to be perfectly OK not knowing what’s to come, because we know it’s in God’s hands. 

Everyone is experiencing this, it’s not just the baseball community. We are all faced with the very real recognition that nothing on this earth lasts. When we as baseball players are told we’re not allowed to play the game, we need to recognize who we are with or without baseball. Is that the same person?

I know I am the same person in Christ whether or not I’m pitching. I want to be wherever my feet are in the moment. The Lord brings good out of every situation. He may not have caused this virus to come, but He will use it for His Kingdom work. How that manifests itself is not ours to judge. His will is being done right here, right now, and it’s for His good. 

If we find ourselves longing for our situation to change, we may find ourselves out of God’s grace. We need to check our hearts and see what truly is important to us. If you want to be going in a different direction than God has you in right now, surrender that to Him. Maybe that’s not where you are called for today. Instead of trying to change your circumstances, ask God how He can use you in the middle of them. 

— Matthew Boyd, Detroit Tigers pitcher

Matthew Boyd is a regular contributor to The Increase, providing articles and opinions. Check out Matthew’s Increase profile here: https://theincrease.com/author/matthew-boyd/ 

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