This is the toughest, bravest, hard-working kid I know. And, I just so happen to be his mom. Yesterday, he was cut from his baseball team. After the initial sting of the phone call, we realized that we will be fine… just fine.
He had landed in a very toxic situation on his last team. In spite of his stellar offensive numbers and awesome defensive performance, he sat the bench a lot and batted last. All the while, taking it in stride and being the best encourager of his teammates. I can’t say that I handled his treatment as well as he did. It’s tough as a parent to watch your child go through tough situations. Sometimes, our kids are treated unfairly. We all are. I tell my boys all the time life isn’t fair. You are kidding yourself if you think otherwise. There will always be someone who gets something they don’t deserve and others that deserve, but don’t get. It is what it is and will continue to be this way.
I had been praying about this whole situation for a few months. I felt like we were stuck with not a lot of options. I’m sad to say that while knowing how well he performed last season, I lacked confidence that he had other options. I should have had enough confidence in him, because he is a great player, to remove him from the situation and know that God would take care of everything. I didn’t. Instead, he tried out and was cut.
I can gladly tell you that after that sting, we are all relieved and looking forward to a new beginning. As I should have known, he has already been sought out by another team. A team that will appreciate what he has to offer… one that needs what he has to offer. He wasn’t even upset about being cut, I think he was actually relieved to not be in that situation anymore. He can breathe again… he can enjoy the game again. Isn’t that what kids are supposed to do? Enjoy the game!
I didn’t have the gumption to remove him, so God did it for us. Like He always does, God sent him another opportunity. The lesson here is that sometimes when you are in a situation that just isn’t working, don’t try to force it to work or even accept that this is how is must be. God has a plan, God is in control, God will work it out. I knew that… but I just needed a reminder.
We wish that team the best. We will miss our baseball family dearly, but we are excited about this new opportunity. Even more excited that, through prayer, God has led my son where He wants him to be.
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11