Life and Curveballs?
It seems everyone has had a curveball thrown at them at some point in their life. Have you ever thought, “What would happen if everyone got thrown the same curveball, everywhere in the world, all at the same time?”
When unrelated curveballs land in the lives of unrelated people there seems to be a leveling out effect and everyone seems to benefit. For example, if a person we know makes a mistake we often can learn from their mistake. However, when a universal curveball lands in the lives of everyone at the same time; the effect of the curveball is amplified. This can leave people feeling confused, reactive, and trying to cover all their bases at once.
By comparing the nature and size of the curveball, a person or society can draw inferences from experience, history, books, movies, research, and reasoning, etc. The solutions and possibilities appear endless… However, having too many options and not enough time to sift through them all can cause panic and chaos to ensue. Having discernment to make the best choices under pressure becomes a helpful defense.
There are many events in the Bible where curveballs landed in the lives of God’s people. Let look at one of those events now:
Jesus and his Disciples…
There were twelve men that left all they had to follow Jesus. His words were like none they had heard before and each had their own reason for following him; the one thing they agreed upon was that this man spoke Truth. These twelve men traveled with Jesus and became known as his disciples. Thousands more would soon follow to hear the ‘Good News’ that Jesus spoke of and at least five hundred would see him after his death, burial and resurrection.
So, what is the curveball you may be thinking? The curveball was Jesus’ crucifixion; to see the one they had placed their hope in, hanging on a Cross. These were people who had received from him and who were healed by him. Each of them had to reckon with that moment. Was this to be the end of their faith? Many scoffed and said, “He saved others [from death]; He cannot save Himself.” Mat 27:42
When life throws a curveball, we find out quickly how deeply rooted we are in our faith. Even though God promises never to put more on us than we can bare, this can feel difficult if not impossible to believe during a crisis. Even Peter, the apostle failed when the going got tough. Peter denied being a follower of Jesus for fear that he also would lose his life.
The good news is that Jesus returned to comfort and assure Peter and the others that his words were true. He promised that even though he would leave again, he would not leave them comfortless and would send the Holy Spirit to teach them more Truth, just as he had.
Jesus said, “And I will ask the Father and he will give you another Savior, the Holy Spirit of Truth, who will be to you a friend just like me—and he will never leave you. The world won’t receive him because they can’t see him or know him. But you will know him intimately, because he will make his home in you and will live inside you. John 16–17
He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take of Mine and will disclose it to you.” John 16:13-14
So, whatever kind of curveball lands in your life, it can be helpful to remember Jesus words. The Holy Spirit is given (to live inside us) to guide us in truth and will disclose to us what is to come.
Jesus said, The Holy Spirit will be our friend. We can find comfort in the reality of his promise… When a curveball does land in our life it is no surprise to God. He reminds us to trust that he is working all things together for our good, because we choose to put our trust in him. Don’t worry about how to be right with God, just be in the presence of God. Seeking God’s presence is how we receive the gift of the Holy Spirit; He is given to be our constant companion… even in times of trouble. To learn more about living under the guidance of the Holy Spirit visit us online at Hope4YouGlobal.com