One of the more memorable series this year in baseball has to be what has taken place between the Chicago Cubs and the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field. The baseball storyline has to be Braves’ 2B Dan Uggla and his quest to match the great Joe Dimaggio’s 56 game hitting streak. However, for the sake of this Christian blog, we want to focus on the whole saga that took place Friday night surrounding Cubs’ pitcher Carlos Zambrano.
In that game, Zambrano was ejected for throwing two straight inside pitches to Chipper Jones in the 5th inning in a game which he gave up a career high five home runs. The Cubs’ pitcher has had his issues with umpires, managers, and his own teammates over the course of his career. Friday night was a new low for him.
He went down into the clubhouse, cleared his stuff out of his locker, and told people in the room that he was leaving the game of baseball for good. According to his agent, Zambrano didn’t mean to actually retire, but that he said he would retire out of emotion. On Saturday, the Cubs put him on the disqualified list. This means that he cannot participate in team activities for 30 days and that he will not be paid over that duration of time. Personally, I think his time in Chicago has worn thin and the team should eat the contract. That would benefit both the team and Zambrano himself.
Fortunately, we have an Advocate in Heaven who will never leave us and shows His abundant mercy at all times. Moses tells the Israelite people in Deuteronomy as he is making way for Joshua to lead Israel “Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the LORD your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you” (Deuteronomy 31:6).I love this verse because it shows that God is always on our side, so why would we want to leave a great God like Him?
Today, I exhort you in times of frustration to continue to seek the Lord! Even in our times of most trouble, God is always with us! A psalm of David also shows that the Lord is with us even in our darkest hours. “The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.” (Psalm 34:18). The Father always watches over everyone and He will not let us take our stuff and just leave. Once we submit to Christ, He puts us in His hand and He will never let us go. We should never give up in seeking Christ and He will never give up calling us home.