Yes, it’s been quite a while since I’ve written a new article. But it’s not like I haven’t had some ideas, it’s just that I ended up deleting all of them before finishing a first paragraph.
Did I suffer from “writers’ block?” No! I suffered from “Holy Spirit block?”
Holy Spirit block?
I use this term to explain how my inner man feels when the Holy Spirit does not show up while I’m writing. It’s taken years to develop this inner sense so that it now feels like a gigantic STOP sign, halting my progress. So far, this block has kept me out of major writing problems.
As some of you may remember from an article I wrote in January 2020 (Ride #955), I drive for a ride share company. Every problem I mentioned in that article is still a thorn in my flesh today, but now, I’m 75 years old and still dying daily as the Apostle Paul wrote in his first letter to the Corinthian Church.
My block ended with Ride #5795. (That’s not a typo. I now have over 5,800 rides!)
I picked up a tall, well-built, good looking young man named Jason in Scottsdale, Arizona. My app showed his destination as being the Cubs Baseball Park on Rio Salado Parkway in Mesa.
That address was too much for me to contain my curiosity. “Are you a baseball player?” I asked.
“Yes,” he answered.
“Major league or minor league?”
“I’ve been up and down over the years.”
“Infielder, outfielder or pitcher?”
“Pitcher. I’m on rehab assignment right now and hoping to get another chance in the major leagues later this year.”
“Even though I’ve suffered through arm problems in the past, this time I injured my ankle.”
We talked about him being drafted out of high school by the Kansas City Royals. His trades to other teams and how he ended up with the Chicago Cubs and other things.
“Hey, did the Cubs trade Craig Kimbrel?”
“Yes, they traded him to the Chicago White Sox, which I think is the perfect trade for a player.”
“Then, your wife and children don’t have to pack up and move to another city.”
This one answer touched my heart. You see, Jason has his priorities in the right place. Family first. Career second.
It wasn’t until later when I checked Jason out on the internet that I learned he was a devoted Christ follower. You can check him out on Twitter here, or read about his accident here.
Okay, so what’s the big deal about Jason Adam, the baseball player?
I really believe the Lord has His hand on Jason’s life. I really believe the struggles Jason has suffered through for almost ten years has been allowed by the Lord so He can mold this almost thirty-year old man into a Major League Baseball star. Why? So, Jason can be a witness to God’s faithfulness and an example of what God can do for those who persevere.
My prayer for Jason:
Lord, do the same for Jason as You did for Lazarus when you called him out of the grave by saying, “Jason, come forth.”