There was a time when I was in a very low place with a very low outlook for the future. I spent a great deal of time trying to figure out why I continuously hit foul balls rather than knocking the ball out of the park–or, at least, getting a base hit. Using a baseball analogy I discovered two reasons that cause us to tip the balls that are thrown at us. Imagine the ball being your situation, the pitch being its delivery, and the swing being the action that you take against it.
The first reason why we hit foul balls has to do with timing: We are either swinging too early or too late. In this post, let’s deal with the former.
Timing: Too Early
It is not that we do not see the pitcher on the mound. It is not that we do not see him winding up. The problem is that we fail to discern the type, or power, of the pitch (i.e. manifestation of an unmet need, spiritual attack), the speed/momentum of the pitch (i.e. an initial onset, ongoing problem), or we are caught off guard (unprepared).
When we swing (i.e. take action, speak) too early we are merely reacting to what is coming at us without careful prayer and discernment. We should pause and ask ourselves, “Is this person just having a bad day?” “Am I just having a bad day?” or “What is causing this?” Have you ever found yourself swinging in anger, frustration, or to just have the last word or low blow to end the turn once and for all? By doing this, we only tip the ball and send it flying in a crazy direction that we did not intend for it to go. At this point, all is out of your control. If anyone catches the ball, you’re out! If, by grace, you hit the fence or it rolls out of bounds, you feel relief that you get another chance PLUS the regret that you will have to deal with yet another pitched ball.
One cause of hitting a foul ball is swinging too early. Be careful of this! I will deal with “Timing: Swinging too late” in a subsequent post. Stay tuned.
Life has a way of throwing curve balls and sliders across our personal home-plate. Poor timing causes us to hit continuous foul balls to the point of exhaustion and frustration until we eventually begin to miss the ball altogether and strike out.
Renew Your Mind
1. Understand [this], my beloved brethren. Let every man be quick to hear [a ready listener], slow to speak, slow to take offense and to get angry. (James 1:19 AMP)
2. Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition ([a]definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God. (Philippians 4:6 AMP)