Thoughts on life from Pat Oaks
Jason called this afternoon to just say thank you. He has been through a rough patch and he wanted us to know he was grateful to us for being there through it all. Thankfully, he is on the other side and in a happier, more joyful place, thanks to the intervention of the Holy Spirit.
I told him that that is what we were here for, and we would always have his back.
Life sometimes does throw a curve ball. A curve ball is harder to hit out of the park (I am told). Some of the most famous home runs have been curve balls. Baseball fans could probably talk all day about curve balls knocked out of the park.
Why does that happen? One reason is that the player has a good coach. Another is that he anticipates a curve ball and is ready for it. We don't always see a curve ball coming until it is almost upon us. However, if we suspect that somewhere in the game one will be thrown, then our reaction is much quicker.
We don't always know in life when a curve ball is going to be thrown . But if we listen to our coach and we anticipate that somewhere down the road, it is bound to happen, then we will be ready. We might not always hit a home run. In fact, we may strike out. But every time we go to bat, it helps us to know that there is always another pitch coming and this could be the big winner. It could be the home run that wins the game!
So keep practicing. Keep listening to the coach. And stay alert for that curve ball.