Infield Depth (A Guest Blog)

In Thursday’s major league baseball game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Chicago Cubs, the shortstop for the Pirates was violently injured. It was a routine

PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 17: Chris Coghlan #8 of the Chicago Cubs slides into Jung Ho Kang #27 of the Pittsburgh Pirates resulting in injury in the first inning during the game at PNC Park on September 17, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA – SEPTEMBER 17: Chris Coghlan #8 of the Chicago Cubs slides into Jung Ho Kang #27 of the Pittsburgh Pirates resulting in injury in the first inning during the game at PNC Park on September 17, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

double play with a hard slide from Coglan, a player for the cubs. The hard slide into Kang (the Pirates shortstop) severely injured his left knee and fractured his leg putting him out for the season.

The Pirates are in a close playoff race, and Kang happened to be the hottest player on the field at the moment. This is a devastating blow to the left side of the Pirates’ infield, and even more so to their batting lineup. While losing Kang for the season will have its negative affect, the Pirates believe they have the infield depth to withstand such an injury. Quote: “ Our bench is definitely built for something such as this.”

Infield Depth

I don’t know for sure how the infield depth of the Pirates will pan out for them the rest of the season. Since I’m a big Pirate fan, I certainly hope it goes well. You can bet I’ll be watching! But what I DO know are these two things. One: “such is life.” Two: Depth is vastly important. We will have problems, setbacks, illness, etc. in life. So it makes me wonder what kind of depth I have.

For me, past sin and mistakes have brought injury, brokenness and weakly filled positions on my life’s playing field. It’s affected my team—as in my family and friends. It has, for sure, created enemies as well. My depth turned out to have been no depth at all. So what Now???

In Hebrews 4:15 it says this:

“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin.”

I’ve come to find out that there has been a plan from the beginning! That in Christ we have a high priest! One that fills the gaps… that is our strength when we are weak; He heals brokenness and is our shelter in a storm. Most amazing of all, He is the payment that I can’t afford before a Holy God.

PITTSBURGH, PA - SEPTEMBER 17: Jung Ho Kang #27 of the Pittsburgh Pirates is injured in the first inning during the game at PNC Park on September 17, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
(Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

God calls us a new creature…

In Christ, God calls us a new creature before we even become one. We are adopted into a Kingdom that cannot be shaken! All this has not been done so we can simply become pew warmers, carry a name, and/or be placed in a category. It’s been done for us so we can become that new creature, to serve as Jesus did, and use the talents He has given us for his glory. As such, we can become tools to spread the gospel to our neighborhood and beyond.

What do I know? I know that in Christ our bench has depth and it is definitely built for something such as this! Play ball!

Damon Zuchelli (today’s guest blogger) is the eldest son of Dave (our usual blogger). He is a foster parent and deeply involved in prison ministry in the state of Florida.

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