SITTING ON THE BENCH
Sometimes when the coach calls an individual player off to the side to show them something, it’s not necessarily because the player is in trouble, but because he sees a lot of potential in that player & wants to teach him something so that player can play at a higher level. The best pitchers & hitters usually take private lessons, have one on one coaching time, or practice more than those who are not as proficient.
It’s that way with God in our lives as well – sometimes He calls us off to the side, away from the rest of our teammates, where we may feel isolated, ostracized, or all alone. We may wonder what we have done to cause us to be separated & set apart in such a manner. We are anxious to get back into the mainstream, & be a part of the action again.
But like the ace pitcher, we may be called to the bullpen prior to the start of the game, because we are going to be the one taking the mound & in the spotlight when the game begins. We need to warm up in order that we do not get hurt when we do what we are called to do. Or perhaps we are called aside to sit on the bench & rest a while, because we are going to be the relief pitcher who closes out the game & ensures the win.
It is all right if you are not feeling like you are part of the group at work, church, or the community from time to time. Perhaps you are sad because you are single or single again, & you long to be part of the married couples’ social scene. Maybe you are struggling with illness, & are too weak to go out & really participate in the activities that your friends enjoy. Whatever the case, relax in this learning time & enjoy what rest & respite may be found there.
God has pulled you aside for a reason. Trust me: Ive been on the mound, & I’ve been on the bench. Spend your time on the bench preparing for the moment you will be called to re-enter the game. You never know when that is going to happen. And when you get put back in the game, you will be ready to make a difference!!!
– Lou Lehman Sams