Playing Little League Baseball was an enjoyable part of my youth. Around the age of 11, my team had the opportunity to play in the championship game. Two days before the game, I began a conversation with my dad about baseball rules. I asked him one question that proved to be significant within the game. The question: Can a runner tag up (advance to another base) after a fly ball is caught in foul territory? (I knew that in fair territory this was legal).
My dad and I discussed this question and I remember him communicating his knowledge to me. As a 11-year old son, I was soaking in the information my dad was giving me. Eventually after processing the question and rules, I remember my dad giving his best answer: yes, I believe runners can advance after a fly ball is caught in foul territory. Little did I realize at the time of my inquiry, the conversation would be beneficial in the championship game.
I found myself on third base (during the championship game) when a flyball was hit into foul territory. The catcher, pitcher, and third baseman all tracked the ball. With all three converging to catch the ball, no one was left to cover home plate. After the ball was caught, my foot immediately left third base (tagging up) and I did my best sprint toward home plate. Upon arriving back in the dugout, I was greeted with cheers. The coach from the other team questioned the play with the umpires. The umpires ruled the play was legal and would stand. My decision to ‘tag up’ was pivotal. As the game progressed that run proved to be the difference. I scored the winning run!
Following the game, I kept thinking about the conversation with my dad. If I did not ask my dad, then the game may have ended differently. However, because I asked, then I knew and was able to make a decision that helped my team. The asking of my dad created a life changing event for an 11-year old.
We too have a Father who is ready for us to ask Him. We sometimes forget that we have an invitation to ask God. An invitation to ask God, the Maker of heaven and earth, to help us, guide us, save us, and protect us.
1 John 5:14-15, “This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.”
Asking does not necessarily mean we will receive all that we ask. However, we know that God hears us asking. God, Creator and Sustainer of life, hears us asking. Just think about that. Asking for healing, peace, comfort, and strength can provide a sense of relief in just knowing God hears us. An invitation to ask and when we do, we are heard. Just accepting the invitation will be life-changing as we learn and grow as a disciple of Christ.
With an assurance from God that God hears us may we approach with humility and faith to ask for wisdom and strength as we seek to follow God. Let us ask God for His continued presence to help us live a life that is in accordance with God’s Word and will for us.
James 1:5-7, “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord.”
As we hear the answers from God’s Word to our questions, may we delight in God’s truth. Let us share the truth and wisdom from God’s Word as we live out our lives. It is life-changing and will benefit the ‘teams’ (family, community, friends) in our lives.
Matthew 7:7-8, “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”