The Old is Gone, The New is Here - Steven Souza

Presently, God has brought me and my family to a season in which we are forced to wait. He’s speaking to me that I have to wait on and trust in Him. In truth, we really do have zero control over any of this — my future career. Yes, we do sometimes get to make a choice, but we don’t always know who, when or where. Yet isn’t that always the case? If we were able to choose what comes next, we wouldn’t get to be a part of God’s plan.

The older I get, the more I realize how little control we have in this life. And the closer I walk with Jesus, I realize this even more. People everywhere are running around, trying to control every single aspect of their lives and it’s exhausting, but for what? We really don’t have control over much. That’s why this past season, when I was injured, was really refreshing for me, honestly. I believe Jesus is who He says He is and since I do, I know that ultimately, He’s a good God who has our best interest at heart. It’s not about what we want, it’s about what He wants. 

At the beginning of my career, I was trusting God with what He was doing in my life at that point. Today, I find myself in different circumstances, though I’m still waiting on Him. God is constantly trying to mold and shape me into the image of Christ. He’s not going to give me the same trial over and over again. He’s going to put me through different situations and struggles to refine me, so I can continue to put off my old life and put on the new life He has for me. The Bible says, “If anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!” (2 Corinthians 5:17).

My wife and I have seen many trials throughout my baseball career and none of them have been the same. This one is no greater or smaller than any of the others. When I read stories in the Bible of men and women who struggled and waited on God, many of whom lost their families, homes and even their own lives, my perspective changes. God does that. When we stay in God’s Word, our perspective will change to see things His way. When we stray from it, the enemy preys on us — that’s when we are the most vulnerable, believing what the media and others say about you. 

Don’t listen to others’ opinions, listen to the Spirit of truth who will always set you free. When you go back to Him, no matter how uncertain or unsteady your path may seem, you will experience peace.

— Steven Souza, Chicago Cubs outfielder

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