Sliding Home

The score was tied in the 9th inning, and we needed one more point to win the championship.  My foot rested securely on second base, and I waited for our last hitter to bring me home. (Okay, I might be stretching the truth a little bit. This wasn’t the championship and our score wasn’t tied, but it does make the story sound better, right?)

I was playing softball for my church college league. I don’t really remember the score, but I was alone on second base. I stared at my coach, waiting for her signal. I never watched the batter because that would only slow me down. I watched only my coach; she would tell me what to do.

I heard the “smack” of the ball kissing the bat, and my coach yelled, “Run! Run!” So I pushed off second and sprinted toward third.

Then my coach’s voice screamed, “Go! Go!” When I heard this, I just assumed she meant for me to continue running to home plate. I hadn’t made it to third base yet, but I knew I had it. Third base was in the bag. She must be trying to send me home for the score.

When my coach yelled, “Go,” I pointed my bull horns down and charged. I rounded third and kept my eyes on home plate, swinging every limb to propel me forward.

Then I heard my coach screaming, “What is she doing? She’s going home!” Of course, I was going home. She told me to “Go!”

Over home plate hovered the other team’s catcher. She was squatting eye level to me with her glove out. I could tell from the focus in her eyes that she was watching the ball chase me from behind. In a split second, I knew that she was determined to tag me out, but she’d have to jump over my flying body. I was not about to walk off that field quietly.

I dove head first, sliding across home plate in what felt like slow motion. Dirt billowed around my head, and my body took out anything that was in my way. I heard cheering coming from my dugout, and I knew one of the voices was my coach. I had taken home plate and scored a point.

This is how we are to live as Christians. God is our coach, and when He tells us to “Go,” we need to point our bull horns down and charge. Yes, there will be people saying, “What is she doing?” or “She can’t do that!” And there will be people waiting at home plate ready to stop us from fulfilling our destiny.  But we can’t listen to them. We must trust and obey our God.

God WILL find a way when there is no way. God WILL prove the world wrong. God WILL fulfill His promises to you. So you don’t worry about what others think; you just “GO!”

Question: What area in your life is God telling you to “GO”?

“My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me” (John 10.27 NKJV).

Alisa Hope Wagner

Alisa Hope Wagner is aggressive about leading a simple life. She enjoys working out, reading, writing and communicating God’s love and truth. She married her high school sweetheart, and together they enjoy raising their children in a Christ-centered home. Though an introvert by nature, Alisa easily expresses herself through social media, especially on her blog. She has earned her B.A. Degree in English and her M.S. Degree in Applied English Linguistics, and she volunteered in women’s ministry leadership and life group ministry for her church. She trained in Mixed Martial Arts and won her bout by TKO! She has written her debut novel, Eve of Awakening, and has started the sequel, Bear Into Redemption.

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  1. This is the encouragement I needed this morning. In January, I accepted God’s nudging and agreed to put on a women’s event at my church. It is this week and I have felt that twinge of doubt as it is approaching…Thank you for the reminder about my coach… I am going to get my uniform of faith on and bring it home!

  2. I always love your analogies! Thank you!

  3. Sooo needed this, Alisa. Just gotta “go,” no matter what others say. Great stuff!

  4. Of course there’s no way you could know that I just hit the ball, and needed someone to cheer me on to home plate. I have a speaking event coming up, and even tried to bail out, but then someone emailed me and said no way I’m dropping out. Run for the point! And here you are saying the same thing. Must be God…

  5. On point! Just what I needed today! Thank you!

  6. Alisa, this is just what I needed at this very moment. Thank you for sharing this encouraging word.

  7. Hi Alisa –

    I’m gathering momentum and keeping my eyes on the “Coach.” This visual is just what I need to stay the course.

    Susan 🙂

  8. I love, love, love this! I always think of God cheering me on from the sidelines! Blesses me! Thanks, Alisa!

  9. love the pictures in my head of you diving with all your strength!

  10. Wonderfully encouraging devotional, Alisa! It’s so good to be reminded that when we put our trust in God not only does He cheer us on, He calls the plays! Thanks!

  11. Wow! You always drive your point home!I always tell my sons to be careful of soft-ball girls – ‘they’re pretty tough and you got to be pretty strong to date a girl who “pulls her bull horns down and charges.” I think most of us girls/women are like that, though. We just don’t all play soft-ball! I want all my boys to find girls who are strong in Christ like that!


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