I did individual one-on-one hitting instruction for over two years at a baseball training facility called Extra Innings in Wrentham, MA. For the past three years, I have coached baseball at Mauldin High School in Mauldin, SC. I always tell the players that I work with to hit the ball where it is pitched. Meaning, if the ball is thrown outside don’t try to pull it, but go with it and hit it to the opposite field. I tell them to not tell the ball where you want to hit it, but to let the ball determine or dictate where you should hit it.
The reason for this is that if you don’t hit the ball where it’s pitched you have a better chance of hitting a weak ground ball, popping up, and getting out; but if you hit it where it’s pitched you have a higher probability of hitting a hard ground ball, a line drive, and getting a base hit.
In life it’s the same way. So many times we want to tell God our plans, instead of following His plan. I heard Steven Furtick, Senior Pastor of Elevation Church, say “Instead of telling or asking God to bless our plans, get involved with God’s plan that is already blessed.” In other words, God has already planned out and purposed the best, most blessed, prosperous, and perfect path for your life; so start obeying Him.
Solomon said it this way “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.”(See Proverbs 3:5, 6 NLT) We need to trust in an omniscient, infinite God and quit relying on our limited, finite thinking. If we would seek after God, He will lead us down the perfect plan for our life.
So start hitting the ball where it is pitched today!