It’s been fun to come home after the season and get into the routine of being a husband and dad again. My wife and I had to spend the last month of this past season apart since our son was born back in Seattle; we were only able to see each other for short stints at a time. It’s nice to be able to be back and be present.
Isn’t that what we’re truly called to be with our Heavenly Father? Present. He wants us to go to Him daily, and from there, He will lead us into times of quiet rest before Him, times of reading His Word, and times of being in prayer with Him, so we can then be ready to move when He calls us to move.
Right now, as I draw near to God, He’s calling me to let go and trust. In 2 Kings, Elisha was being pursued by the king of Aram’s army. As the king was surrounding them, Elisha’s servant came to him in fear:
“’Oh no, my lord! What shall we do?’ the servant asked. ‘Don’t be afraid,’ the prophet answered. ‘Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.’ And Elisha prayed, ‘Open his eyes, Lord, so that he may see.’ Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.” — 2 Kings 6:15-17
When the servant’s eyes were opened, he could see the angels surrounding them and his fear was gone. They recognized that who was with them was much greater than any army they were up against. They were delivered from the king of Aram.
That’s my prayer. I want eyes to see the Lord around me. Those eyes are completely trusting — knowing that God has everything perfectly planned out for our good. So then, there’s no reason for us to strive in any circumstance. Instead of striving, we only have to let go and trust that God’s got us.
There are so many ways in which I find myself striving — as I anticipate the coming season, as I work out to be in the best shape I can be, as I rearrange my diet, as I raise my kids, as I try to be the best husband I can be. These are all good things, but if I stress about fulfilling these roles from my own strength and in my own way, I’m not trusting in God’s plan for me. I’m not recognizing that He will deliver me if only I let Him fight for me. When I take myself out of the equation, God is able to raise me up to be whom He has designed and destined me to be.
I’m all about going out to attack. When I’m in season, I take the mound and attack each pitch, one at a time. When I’m at the gym, I attack my workout. When I’m home, I’m fully invest myself with my kids and wife. I want to get the most of what God’s calling me to in that moment — whatever that may be — not in my own power, but by the power He’s unleashing in me.
I can reach a much greater capacity when I release control and trust in God.
— Matthew Boyd, Detroit Tigers pitcher
Matthew Boyd is a regular contributor to The Increase and provides monthly articles and opinions. Check out Matthew’s Increase profile here: https://theincrease.com/author/matthew-boyd/
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