Jesus' Mercy Changes Me, We and the World

It was a blessing…

Recently I have thought a lot about the past and the many things I have experienced that have placed me where I am today. Somewhere I never thought I would be at this point because my plans were much different. 

My entire life I thought I would play Division 1 baseball, get drafted, and grind through the minors. Obviously, that never happened. I was hurt, was not given opportunities, and was just flat out not as good as I thought I was. 

And for a while, I was mad that God had blessed other people with a stronger arm and more opportunities. I was just frustrated that I had spent my entire life focusing on this one thing and was never even given the opportunity I felt I deserved. 

It was a blessing.

Because I was not able to try out at Indiana University, I studied abroad in Australia. Because I studied abroad in Australia, I had the opportunity to work for an Australian Baseball League team. Because I did that, I was given the opportunity to work for the Chicago Cubs. And because of COVID I essentially was promoted.

God’s plans are greater than our own, and although it is tough to accept that at times, it is always true. 

He knows where we need to be to make the biggest impact as his servant, and he will ensure we are there when we should be.

Proverbs 19:21 says “The human mind may devise many plans, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will be established.”

I have talked about thanking God for the bad before, but I challenge you to see the bad and all new challenges as a blessing. I challenge you to look back on all the things that have led you to where you are now and reflect on why you are where you are. Because I promise you, God has a plan specifically for you. He not only wants the best for you but what will help you make the most important impacts on those around you. 

It may be difficult at times, but God’s plans are the only plans that matter. He will place us where we need to be, and every little decision we make will lead us to where we are meant to be.

Lord let us appreciate the journey and always have trust and faith in you to lead us on the path we are meant to be on. Amen.

Matt Rabe