The empty colosseum is packed full of reservations, and seats fill with great expectation. It’s a historical day spectators longed to watch, so bets are placed in back alleyways. Peasants mutter amongst themselves, “There’s no way this guy can win… just no way!” The upper echelon dressed in their finest apparel. Shoes are shined, and the gloves are donned. A gasp from the crowd signifies the arrival of dignitaries. Today, May 1, 1884, a significant event in history will occur!
Hours before the gates opened for the crowds, Moses Fleetwood Walker stood alone on home plate. He leaned on his personal bat and knew he would be fighting Goliath. Moses was the first African-American man to play in Major League Baseball. No black man ever stepped foot on a baseball field. It was a fight to be a part of this lustrous history-making moment. The battle is on!
We must face constant challenges in our life. Some battles we think we can never win, and yet some are so great as was the case for David. He walked into the arena to fight his opponent. Though David was a poor, peasant man, he was rich in his love for Christ Jesus. His strong faith, just like Moses, was on his side, so how else, but in God’s name, could he lose?
Moses Walker, too, stood at home plate and looked over into the right field. He knew what he had to do if he was going to conquer the masses. Would anyone accept a black negro playing baseball? Moses, like his protégé, was about to change the world forever and all by himself.
I leaned back in my chair and thought for a moment. Is there a way one man can make a difference in the world we share? I thought of Noah first, and then the Moses in the Bible. Some great inventors with blessed imaginations struggled with hardships. And… even Jesus ascertained the difficulty of changing the world. So, he encourages us to fight our Goliaths by staying in prayer. Believe God’s wonderful promise for He is always in control of your life. David knew he couldn’t lose if his faith stayed strong for we all must fight the earth’s serpents. This is how we can make a difference!
Many people suffer from health issues which only a miracle can cure, and some struggle with finances. Others fight the system while a few battles the governing authority despite their honesty. Every living thing on earth grapples with trying times, but it’s how you respond to the Goliaths that count. Remember, it is God’s purpose for you to experience the adversities. What will you learn from them?
The shouting now grows louder beyond the gates of the stadium. Moses Walker stands alone, just like the Moses’ and the David’s before him. Armored with only a baseball bat and faith, he is about to take on the world. How can he win? It’s simple – God, perseverance, and prayer. He is ready for the pitches adversaries throw at him from every direction.
As the sun awakens the long shadows, cast your doubts out the window. Perhaps say this prayer with me…
“Father, we ask You to be here with us in our times of dissolution. Help us focus on our future. Give us protection, Lord, while we stay in prayer and think of you. Help us discern the lesson You wish to teach us through every hardship. Thank You, in the name of our Father, for helping us fight the Goliaths of everyday life. Amen.”
It is only God who can bring us a promise and our greatest gifts. Faith is the internet messenger which sends prayers far beyond our imagination. While we stand on our own home plate, remember… you can’t make a home run if you don’t swing! Give it your best, in the name of the Almighty.