Matt Wieters: Faith and Perseverance

Baltimore Orioles catcher Matt Wieters had one dream in life: To be a baseball player for as long as he possibly could be. By following his dream and placing his trust in God, he saw that goal come to life when he was drafted into the Major Leagues in 2007. He soon became a fan favorite.

During the 2014 season Matt was a starter, hitting over .300. But then an injury landed Matt on the disabled list, putting his career on hold.

“I was at a place where I felt really close to God while I was playing,” Matt remembers, “and I felt like He said to me, ‘Ok, let’s see if you can still feel that love and grace when I take something that you love and put it on hold for a bit.’”

Matt’s faith didn’t falter but grew stronger as he learned to trust in God’s plan both on and off the field. Even though it was unlikely that he would be able to participate, his faithful fans voted him into the All-Star game.

“It was humbling,” Matt recalls. “I really didn’t feel like I deserved it.”

After a successful shoulder surgery, Matt was named the starting catcher for the American League in the 2014 All-Star game.

“This life was not meant for us to control it,” Matt says. “You’ve got to be able to just say, ‘Whatever Your will is, God… I’ve done what I feel like I need to do to be prepared; would you walk with me the rest of the way?’”

“You make known to me the path of life; in Your presence there is fullness of joy; at Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” —Psalm 16:11

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