Lessons from the ballpark on fear…

This week, I remembered a moment of fear from my past.

What’s crazy is I didn’t think of this three months ago, when a more recent moment of fear occurred at the same place.

Are you over my story of the fractured collarbone?

I know. Me, too, but allow me to bring it up one more time for emphases sake.

Both events happened at our local ballpark. You know, one of those local hangouts where parents spend entire summers watching their young play the game.

We have many years of memories from this ballpark. It’s where our son played little league baseball {oh so long ago}. It’s where we’ve bought hundreds of hot dogs and drank a million soft drinks in the blazing heat of summer. And now we’re doing it as grandparents.

The parking lot of this place alone is a lesson in taking your life into your own hands. What happens to people when they are hurrying to make it to the start of a T-ball game is frightening enough.

But leave it to the Arthur’s to take it to a whole new level at the ballpark.

Yes, it was at the local ballpark where I fell and broke my collarbone. I won’t relate how it happened again, but wrote about it HERE if you missed it.

When I fell that evening, it scared me. I didn’t know I’d broken anything. The fall knocked me so silly that I was momentarily oblivious to where I was or who I was, but I knew something was wrong. And I had a flashing moment of fear.

Around twenty years ago, we experienced another moment of fear at the ballpark. I was not actually there that night. I had stayed home with our daughter, who was sick, while my husband, Mark, took our son to his baseball game.

What is your fear? Where is your ballpark? What are you going to do about it? Fear is okay in the life of a Christian, but you must do this.A week or so earlier, Mark had undergone a surgical procedure but was recovering well.

He insisted there was no reason he couldn’t drive to the ballpark, watch our son’s game, and drive back home. {He’s a coach/athlete himself and you can never keep him down for long.}

About halfway into Son’s baseball game, I received a phone call. Mark was on the floor of the men’s restroom at the ballpark. His surgical wound had hemorrhaged and they were about to load him into an ambulance.

There’s nothing quite equal to the fear of those words they’re putting him/her in the ambulance. If you’ve experienced this, you know what I’m talking about.

That evening is a fog in my brain’s memory. I do remember, though, what happened when I saw our pastor and his wife turn the corner and walk down the hallway of the hospital emergency center. I lost it.

Up to that point, I was doing pretty good.

I was holding it together for Mark’s sake. But when our pastors walked into the situation, I fell apart. It was like I knew I could pass some of the load over to them.

To be afraid is not the same thing as being overcome by fear. Some view a life of faith as one that never fears. Wrong!  | Jack Hayford¹

If you’re caught in a moment of fear now, read that quote one more time. As people of faith, we sometimes think we are living a less-than Christian life if we let ourselves experience fear.

You will have moments of fear in this life…and it is okay. It’s what you do next that matters.

Even the Apostle Paul speaks of his own moment of fear in 2 Corinthians 7.5, “For when we were come into Macedonia, our flesh had no rest, but we were troubled on every side; without were fightings, within were fears.”²

This is a powerful message. First, Macedonia was a real place and represents the same for us, today. So, I ask you…

Where is your Macedonia?

Second, Paul’s New Testament Macedonia was a place of trouble, fightings, and fears. And they were afraid. Today, wherever your Macedonia, you will find trouble, fightings, and/or fears.

But God.

These are Paul’s next words. Ever had a but God moment? It’s what I experienced that night in the emergency room.

But God, who comforts the downcast, comforted us by the coming of Titus. 2 Corinthians 7.6

Just as God sent Titus to comfort Paul and his companions, He sent my pastor/friends to comfort me in my moment of fear. That but God moment enabled me to not be overcome by fear and bolstered my faith.

Friend, it’s okay to have a moment of fear. Just don’t be overcome by it or decide to live there.

Expect a but God moment.

He will not fail to show up in your moment of fear – at the ballpark or wherever you are.

*But God* will see you through your moment of fear #lessons #ButGod Click To Tweet

¹Moments with Majesty, by Jack Hayford, page 114

²AMG’s Complete Word Study Bible on WORDsearch11

Feature image by Jon Eckert & tall image by Pierre-Etienne Vachon on Unsplash

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