Jesus' Mercy Changes Me, We and the World


Opening Day of baseball was on April 1st, back to a normal start date after last year’s delayed and shortened season. Needless to say, I am pretty happy and wrote this devotion with a baseball game on in the background. It’s a sign that life is starting to get back to normal. 

But as things start to return to normal and we all have the opportunities to return to jobs and see friends and family in person that we have not been able to see in quite some time, we need to remember all we went through. The days stuck indoors. The furloughs from jobs. The birthdays and holidays spent alone or in much smaller groups than previous years. The friends and family that were lost.

And almost certainly the prayers we sent asking God to help us get back to our lives.

God was there with us, guiding us through rough patch after rough patch as we struggled through the year. And most likely those are the times when we lean on God the most. We pray for him to help us through the rough times, give a quick “thank you” when life starts to turn around, and then our meaningful prayers are put on pause until we hit another low part in our life and look to lean on God again.

Dierks Bentley sings about this in one of my favorite songs, “Better Believer.” One of the first lines is “When my life’s goin’ like I want God becomes an afterthought And I start trying to build my heaven here.” (Here is a YouTube link to the audio if you’re interested in listening to the whole song).

It’s a reminder to all of us to maintain our relationship with God even after the bad times have passed. Like right now. 

So, pray with purpose and thank God no matter how life is going. Thank God in the good times and in the bad because He will always be there for us with his unending and unconditional love. He got us through the bad and He will help us continue to succeed in the good.

Lord, thank you for helping us thrive through a year full of COVID. Thank you for being with us every second of every day. Thank you for your unconditional love. Thank you for the chance to reconnect with family and friends in person. And thank you for the bad so that I may appreciate the good.

And of course, remember to thank God for baseball coming back.

Matt Rabe