One of the only things that is guaranteed in the game is adversity. Whether it is a scheduling mixup, an injury, umpires or any other circumstances, we will run into adversity in the game and in life. Understanding that the question is not if we will face adversity, but when, the focus must be on how we respond. The difference between championship teams and everyone else, is the ability to push through the trials and respond well. "Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds,for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing." (James 1:2-4)
In other words, we can welcome adversity knowing that the end result will lead to growth. Regardless of the situation, we have the opportunity to learn from it and get better. Ultimately ending up
Therefore, we are called to embrace the tough times because they shape us into the image of Christ. Sure this sounds good, but I think we can all agree that adversity is hard. Whether it is a slump, lack of playing time, or anything else, these trials and tests often leave us feeling alone. However, Jesus promises that we are not,
"And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." (Matthew 28:20)
If your anything like me, depending on the situation, it doesn't always feel like that.
Yes, it is the truth; and Yes, we believe that truth, but how do we
King David (author of most of the Psalms), struggled with seasons of feeling distant. However, he made an adjustment to get out of the slump, "
I sought the LORD, and He answered me, And delivered me from all my fears." (Psalm 34:4)
If you don't believe David, Jesus gave the same advice;
"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you." (Matthew 7:7)
The same spirit that rose Jesus from the dead, lives in us in this very moment. (Romans 8:11) Understanding that, we are prepared for adversity, because we are going to grow from it. No matter what the situation, or circumstance, we are okay because He is greater than those circumstances. So what do we do when the trials come and He feels far away?
Come near to God and he will come near to you. (James 4:8)