How Did We Get Here?

Each one has his own gift from God, one in this manner and another in that.

1 Corinthians 7:7

I know that Ricky has been given a gift from God.  He has the talent to throw a baseball.  It is remarkable.  I watch him and am in awe of what he can do.  However, his gifts go much deeper than that.  He is an unbelievable person.  Period.  I am so proud of who he has become as my husband and a father to our children.

So, back to how we got here.  Well, baseball of course.  That and a little obedience on our part.  It is so hard to be obedient when it’s something you don’t want to do.  Did I really want to leave my nice comfy house and travel across the country with 2 kids, 8 suitcases, 4 carry ons,  double stroller, and a cranky husband for 34 hours.(Notice the husband was cranky, not the kids)  NO!  But I was being obedient.  God showed us that this is where we were to go.  He all but handed everything to us on a silver platter. 

It is the LORD your God you must follow, and Him you must revere. Keep His commands and obey Him; serve Him and hold fast to Him.
Deuteronomy 13:4

It is so funny how God first revealed to us what lay ahead.  We had been home for about two weeks and we had prayed diligently over this subject.  We  weren’t sure what we were going to do next.  I had signed up to finish the year subbing in Fairfield and Ricky was working on helping his brother start up a new business.  I was looking into getting a teaching job via computer.  It seemed that we had our plan in place.  However, our plan was not God’s plan.

We were having small group bible study at our house on a Tuesday night.  Ricky gets a phone call and stays on the phone forever.  I was a little upset, since we were in the middle of bible study, but we continued on.  Then he comes outside, we were having study on the deck,  and told us all that he just got off the phone with an agent from Taiwan.  What?  Did he say Taiwan?  We then spent most of the night talking about Taiwan.  Where was it?  What do they eat there?(my main concern) Did they really play baseball in Taiwan?  Isn’t Taiwan where everything is made?  I thought surely God didn’t want us to go there.  He had just so lovingly placed us back at home two weeks earlier.  So we called his agent and let him know.  Things didn’t seem to promising, so we continued on with “our plan”.  

Over the next week, we laughed about the phone call.  Taiwan.  Who plays baseball in Taiwan?  Seriously.  Things were going smoothly and we were getting ready for summer.  The gardens were done.  Ricky bought a lawnmower and was enjoying mowing for the first time.  Lily was signed up for tball.  Lily was registered for Kindergarten in the fall.  They were both back in gymnastics and loving it!  Did I mention how good it felt to be home?  Then it happened.  His agent called us. 

He told us that the contract came through and it was everything we had asked for.  No way.  He then told us that they wanted us there immediately.  Wow!  That’s what happens when you pray people.  You get an answer.  It may not be what you want and when you want it, but God answers prayers.  So, we obediently followed his plan.  It was probably one of the hardest things I have ever had to do.  We still had a lot of things to get done before we could leave though.  The biggest was driving to Chicago to get passports for the kids and me and then we all four needed visas. 

That trip was crazy!  We drove to Chicago on Sunday night and came home on Monday night.  Thank goodness Kalynn was there to help out.  We went there and doubted that we would have everything we needed.  Everyone told us that there was no way that in one day we could get all those things without any problems.  Why do we doubt?  When it is God’s plan, he will make sure it gets done.

We ended up getting everything in order and set to leave on Friday.  That means that within 4 weeks we had gone from leaving Spring Training in Florida back home to Ohio.  We were there for 2 days and then headed to Louisville for 3 days.  Back home for 10 days.  Back to Louisville to set up apartment and get ready for season.  We were there for 4 days and then Ricky was released.  Then we had to pack up and move back home.  Then here we were packing up to head to Taiwan.  Goodness!  That is a lot of moving and packing in a short span of time. Such is the life of a baseball player.  All of you baseball wives reading know exactly what I’m talking about =)

I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances

Philippians 4:11

So, how did we get here?  God.  He brought us here.  Baseball was God’s way of getting us here.  Why?  Well, I still don’t have a concrete answer for that.  I can tell you that this trip has brought us closer together as a family.  It has brought our family closer to God.  I have met some amazing people.  I have started this blog and I am addicted  love it!  I don’t think that the answer is one thing in particular.  I just know that this trip has blessed us in so many ways.

So next time you are praying for direction in your life, be certain that your prayers will be answered.  God is always listening.  He will always answer your prayers.  But know that it may not be in your timing.  It may not be the answer you are looking for.  When you pray you must be ready for the answer to be when and how He chooses.  You must be willing to be obedient to what God’s plan is for your life.  It is so hard, but so worth it.  His love is amazing and endless!

Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart.

Jeremiah 29:12-13


3 Responses to “How Did We Get Here?”

  1. 1 Lynn Rohal June 28, 2008 at 10:48 am

    So nice to meet you! Thanks for stopping by my blog. Please come again!

    This post was a perfect introduction for me to your blog. God’s perfect timing and perfect way of answering prayers (often not in the way we intend) is a lesson I have had to learn MANY times, and somehow I still need this reminder.

  2. 2 Amy Figgins June 28, 2008 at 12:52 pm

    This is one of my favorite verses, and Scott actually did a sermon on them this past Sunday.
    “Perserverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” James 1:4
    The whole first chapter of James has gotten me through a lot of crazy times. I just read it over and over again. I truly believe you see someone’s true character when you watch them under pressure or facing trials or crazy situations (oh, like taking your whole family to Tawain for six months)! You all are amazing, and God’s light is shining ever so bright in you.

  3. 3 Alisa June 28, 2008 at 3:28 pm

    We’ve talked on this at length. You so eloquently put into words exactly how I felt about our year last year.
    We both know that if We Plan, G-d Laughs!

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