Time Out

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going+a-musing+time+out“On reaching the place, he said to them, ‘Pray that you will not fall into temptation.’ He withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed.” Lk 22:40-41

  “Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of Him to the other side, while He dismissed the crowd. After He had dismissed them, He went up on a mountainside by Himself to pray. When evening came, He was there alone” Mt.14:22-23

Grace, mercy and peace to all!

The baseball manager climbs out of the dugout and signals the umpire for a time-out as he walks out to the pitcher’s mound. All of the infield players come to the mound.

Have you ever wondered what they talk about? Permit me to be a little whimsical. The manager says to the gathered players, “Where do you guys want to go for dinner after the game? Oh…and before I forget, give me the ball. You’re done for the night.” That might be a way to diffuse a tight game situation.

Have you called any time-outs lately?

I had a major time-out several years back. I had major surgery on my right foot and spent the summer with a cast on my foot-I was grounded. At the same time I found out that I lost my job, and we had just purchased a new home…a major stressful situation.

For the first time in my whole life, I had a chance to sit down in the morning and begin reading my Bible without having to be somewhere, do something. God had my attention. I began journaling what He was saying to me through his Holy Word. It was one of the best summers I have experienced. I still journal, listen to God, talk with him.

“Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?” Mt 6:27

“Consider the blameless, observe the upright; there is a future for the man of peace.” Ps 37:37

“Yet he has not left himself without testimony: He has shown kindness by giving you rain from heaven and crops in their seasons; he provides you with plenty of food and fills your hearts with joy.” Ac 14:17

There was no reason for me to worry. I rested in His peace, my foot healed and became strong, and he provided my wife and I with everything we needed. He took the ball from my hand and gave me a chance to sit down and watch the game from the dugout.

Dear Lord, thank you for that time out you gave me. It helped shape me into who I am today. This is not to say I have it all together now, because I certainly don’t. I do continue to pitch myself into trouble from time to time, but I know if I back off, talk, pray with you; you are in control of the game. If I give you the ball, you want only the best for me.