We all know the old saying: You can’t predict baseball. Well, that was the case Thursday night at the Ballpark in Arlington, but for the wrong reasons. During the Rangers’ 6-0 win over the Athletics, a man by the name of Shannon Stone fell twenty feet from the left field tower to catch a ball for his son. Ironically, the man who threw the ball up into the stands was Rangers’ LF Josh Hamilton. Stone would sadly decease in the hospital. When looking back at this tragedy a day later, you can’t help but feel terrible and not cry for both parties involved.
Josh Hamilton has openly been a man of faith in God. In 2001, when Hamilton was in the midst of his drug addiction, he placed his faith in the one and only Jesus Christ and thanks to the Almighty One has become one of the top baseball players in the game. Now, ten years later, his faith is being put to the test.
How will Hamilton exactly respond? Well, he can look to one man in the Bible for support. If you turn to the book of Job, you can see a man who had everything he could ask for, but then was put to the test by Satan and God. In the end, Job was able to stand strong in his belief, even when his own wife was mocking him. Then his wife said to him, “Do you still hold fast your integrity? Curse God and die.”(Job 2:9, ESV).
As followers in Christ, we need to realize that when we follow Him, we will face numerous pitfalls along the way. In those situations where people mock us for following Christ in bad times, we need to take the same mindset as Job. “But he said to her, “You speak as one of the foolish women would speak. Shall we receive good from God, and shall we not receive evil?” (Job 2:10).
So today, I exhort you to be strong in your faith in the tough times we face each and every day. Even when you are on the highest of highs, be mindful of the person that put You in that situation and use your talents to serve Him. When you feel the need to doubt the presence of God in your life, continue to pray for wisdom and strength and the Lord will be there for you always. Also, pray for the Stone family that they will receive strength from God!