Trusting God is not always easy but it’s the best decision to make. As a human, I would of course love to have control and know what is going to happen, but obviously, none of us have that power. Walking with God, I’ve repeated this prayer-like mantra over and over to myself: “No matter what happens, no matter where I go, and no matter what tomorrow or the next week or the next year brings, I am OK because Jesus is with me.” There is so much uncertainty this year, within our country and our world, but I know that, no matter what, Jesus is with me wherever I go.
Fearing God means that God is the one with the ultimate power and authority. The things of this world, which we can so easily become wrapped up in, are all temporary. God is in control of the eternal. When I’m fearing God, I’m not living in fear of the things of this world. Instead, my mind is focused on Him; I’m focused on eternity. The reality is, even if we are blessed with 80-90 years in this life, that’s only a small sliver of our eternal lives.
While our team chaplain is not allowed in the team facility this year, we are determined to keep growing in our faith and community this season. Throughout most of the quarantine, our team Bible study group met weekly to study the subject of prayer. Using the template of the Lord’s Prayer, our aim was to better understand how to communicate with God. It was a great reminder for me, and for all of us, to do a better job praising God, not only at the beginning of our prayers, but throughout our prayers.
At times, I have caught myself just going to God with requests. But if you look at the Lord’s Prayer, the first few lines have nothing to do with ourselves, our problems or our needs. If we orient our hearts and minds where they should be, we will make sure that our first communication with God is adoration and praise. It’s not me laying out a laundry list of requests for God to meet.
I don’t know if we’ll be able to have postgame Bible studies this year or not, but I do know that on Saturdays, players, training staff and coaches — whoever wants to — will dial into a Zoom chapel time with our chaplain. God wants us to live in community, and though that’s one of the biggest challenges we are facing during this COVID season, we need to make it happen. To have that authentic, vulnerable time to help each other grow closer to God is too important to miss.
— Nick Ahmed, Arizona Diamondbacks shortstop
Nick Ahmed is a regular contributor to The Increase, providing articles and opinions. Check out Nick’s Increase profile here.
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