Look Fastball! Adjust to off-speed.

The curveball. The curveball is a pitch that keeps batters up at night. On the other end, a pitcher dreams of keeping a batter off-balanced and sending him back to the dugout shaking their head.

To this day, I can still hear the echoes of my dad as he coached me on the diamond through my youth. “Pay attention. Your at-bat starts in the dugout and in the on-deck circle. Study the pitcher. Time it up. Look at his grip and his release point. Look fastball. Adjust to the off-speed pitch. Put a good swing on it and drive it.”

What is your mindset? Are you looking fastball or are your knees quivering as you expect a curveball?

As we enter the spring season, we can all agree something feels different. Our routine has seen curveball after curveball. Your children are at home on a Wednesday at noon. You may be working from home, working in an empty office or not working at all. You have watched press conference after press conference on matters you knew nothing about two weeks ago. You swipe, expectantly, on your phone as you wait for the next breaking news.

Fear seems normal but so unsettling. You have convinced yourself you can’t hit the curve; to be honest, you believe you can no longer hit the fastball or even know how to take the proper stance in the batter’s box.

First and foremost, I want to remind you that you are not alone. Secondly, I challenge you with the question, “What is your God picture?” Mark Batterson challenged his readers with this truth, “Our biggest problems can be traced back to an inadequate understanding of who God is.”

It is easy to minimize the attributes of God when our eyes are only focused on the curveballs being thrown our way.

“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10

“If we are faithless, he remains faithful— for he cannot deny himself.” 2 Timothy 2:13

“But maybe God wants to stack the odds against us so we can experience a miracle of divine proportions. Maybe faith is trusting God no matter how impossible the odds are. Maybe our impossible situations are opportunities to experience a new dimension of God’s glory.” – Mark Batterson

Stay prepared in the on-deck circle as you keep your eyes on Jesus. We may not know the next pitch we will face, but we can confidently say we won’t be shaken, for our God is faithful.