Hit that curveball        

By DELLA NEWKIRK
Posted 9/24/21

What do you do when plans have to be drastically changed, or life sends challenging surprises? Curveballs. You know, even the unexpectancies of this pandemic seem like a curveball, but we can turn …

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Hit that curveball        

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What do you do when plans have to be drastically changed, or life sends challenging surprises? Curveballs. You know, even the unexpectancies of this pandemic seem like a curveball, but we can turn circumstances into great opportunities. Hit that curveball and make a homerun.

Life sometimes has curveballs and strange pitches.

Joseph, the son of the patriarch Jacob, was pitched a curveball when his own brothers sold him into slavery, but he turned that curveball into a homer. Joseph said, “But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive” (Genesis 50:20).

Although the brothers did evil, Joseph was able to obtain a high position and save many lives, especially provisions for his own family. In the process, he didn’t grow resentful. That attitude is an exemplary model for us.

Well, when life throws a curveball, it’s tempting to complain and be bitter; however, stay faithful to God, and don’t allow anger and unforgiveness to set in. Go ahead and turn that curveball into a homerun.

Yes, get into position, recognize the pitch, swing and score. Destroy that pitch. Be careful, watchful for tricks, sober, vigilant and alert (1 Peter 5:8). Watch as well as pray (Matthew 26:41), spend time studying the Scriptures and hit that curveball out of the park.

In baseball, the tricky curveball pitch has a downward spin, the ball curves away just as it crosses the home plate, and there’s a change in air speed between the top and the bottom of the ball.

It’s similar to the principles of low/high pressure and moving air (aerodynamics) on the respective top and bottom wings of an airplane. The pressure difference creates a force that pushes the wings up.

Likewise, pressure can propel us higher, pushing our wings up and defying the gravity of things that could hold us down. Life may be filled with unexpected problems and alarming disruptions, but we soar.

Any potentially radical, extreme changes on the horizon? As stated, “That setback is a setup for comeback.” Stay faithful. Trust God. Hit that curveball and make a blast.

Good old-fashioned advice: Pleasing everybody is impossible, so concentrate on pleasing the Lord.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, we praise You. Make our days useful and our efforts fruitful. Thanks for opportunities to change and a way of escape. Bless those suffering silently. In the name of Jesus, Amen.

Della Marie Woods Newkirk is an educator and native of Lillington. She can be reached at newkirkdella@gmail.com.

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