Baseball fans may know the name, Gary Carter.
He was a great baseball player in his day and more than that, he was a believer in Jesus Christ. Often, after having finished the game, he would give thanks to Jesus, which made many journalists cringe.
At a later stage in his career, he began to suffer with knee pain after having played the game for so many years. Despite this challenge, he still managed to suffer through it and continued doing what he did best. One day, during an interview on a day when he was really feeling it, when asked by a journalist how he continues to play, he simply said, 'Sometimes you just have to play in pain.'
What Gary had realised in his game of baseball is a very true fact of life. One thing certain about life is that you will have times when you are going through pain. Sometimes you are really feeling it, but the simple truth remains, you ought to carry on through the pain and get to the finish line. It's a hard truth, but it's a truth all the same. Victory comes from having the courage to press on despite the hardships.
Jesus said it like this;
John 16:33'I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.'
Trials and tribulations are a fact of life. It's how we choose to navigate through them that makes a difference. We have an option to just give up like Gary could have done, or rather than throwing in the towel, we can lean on Jesus to help us.
We have the Lord, who is well able to assist us to carry our burdens and cares and comfort us through our pain. The good thing about trials is that they are only for a season. There's always sunshine after the rain. Always! Or in this case, sunshine after the pain.
If you are feeling weariness from trials, I encourage you to play in pain. The Lord is well able to keep you.
Psalm 121:1-2 "I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth.'
The Lord prompted me to write this for someone in particular. Perhaps this is you.
-- By Judah Ayling