Updated: Dec 31, 2019
Summer is coming to an end and Fall is rolling in and let me tell you, the leaves are not the only thing around us that has changed.
It's been quite awhile so I will fill you in on what has happened over the last few months. We moved to California (kinda)! We live in LA, of all places! We got traded from the Tampa Bay Rays in July to The LA Dodgers. Which in turn meant, leaving our comfy/ cozy home in Florida and an easy 20 minute work commute to Tropicana Field.
As that sunk in, we freaked out.
About a week before Casey was traded, I was praying (hard) for the Lord to "do something" in our lives, and boy did He answer. At that point our baseball season had been complete chaos, we were shuffled back and forth between the minor leagues to the major leagues, so many times that I lost count. I prayed for Casey to be used, to be where we were supposed to be. When we got the call at midnight, that the answer was LA, our jaws dropped. LA?!
We have always played for smaller market teams, we were with the Pittsburgh Pirates for nine seasons and then the Rays for the first half of this 2019 season. Never in our wildest dreams did we see LA being in our future. We were scared, anxious and about every emotion one could possibly have. I cried. Like really, really, cried. I remember writing in my prayer journal, "I need more answers Lord".
In reflection, I can't help but laugh because LA has been the most amazing gift to our family. From the beautiful Mountain views, to the amazing fans, we feel so honored to be apart of such a wonderful group and team.
What's so crazy is, we prayed for change, yet when it happened our faith lacked. We couldn't see the whole picture. We couldn't invision how going to LA could be better than living at home in our own bed in Florida with the Rays. But, heres the thing, there are going to be moments where our faith is strong and also moments when it is slim. Yet the Lord sees the whole picture, when we can not. Sometimes we only see the knots being tied on the backside of a beautiful crocheted tapestry, yet the Lord sees the flip side of the completed masterpiece, strung together perfectly (thank you Ellen Kershaw for that analogy).
In transition, and for most of this season-we felt like those knots. Yet the Lord has revealed over and over why His plans are so much greater than ours.
Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.