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Faith Imagined

Alisa Hope Wagner: Christian Writer

April 4, 2011

Internet Cafe: 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).


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17 Comments:

Blogger Missie said...

Following the link! Good Morning!

8:32 AM  
Blogger Renee Ann said...

You slid into home head-first? Excellent!

5:34 PM  
Blogger Diane Marie Shaw said...

"point our bull horns down and charge." What great advice. God is telling me to "go" in several areas, one of those is writing. I'm working on it but I need to keep my head down so I don't get distracted.

9:35 PM  
Anonymous Tonya said...

This is awesome Alisa! I need to "go" on my writing career. I've been letting too many things get in the way and I'm going to have to restructure my time.

By the way, I'm glad you made that point! :-)

10:01 PM  
Blogger Sharon Kirby said...

Alisa - I feel like God is opening up a door for me to start speaking. This Thursday I have my first engagement, speaking to a MOPS (Mothers Of Pre-Schoolers) group. This past week has been a mess of struggles and trials - of course...

So, I'm just gonna run with my head down, and I'm gonna slide into home, if it's the last thing I do...

My coach is saying, "GO!"

And I hear His Voice -

GOD BLESS!

(Great story, by the way!!)

10:39 PM  
Blogger Marja said...

Great inspiring post Alisa, I like it when God says GO!

2:44 PM  
Blogger Toyin O. said...

There are a few areas God is telling me to go; Some of those places are scary in the natural realm, but I am called to walk in the supernatural. I am trusting the one that started a good work in me will bring it to completion. When God tell us to Go, we should never be afraid to take that step of faith, but sometimes we need a push:)

6:39 PM  
Blogger Jan Christiansen said...

The one area I feel God telling me to GO in is prayer. I've always prayed, but lately, He's been challenging me to charge ahead boldly, believing him for miracles and not being afraid to ask for them. I've read several books on prayer that have given me a whole new perspective. Thank God for Christian writers that charge full speed ahead when God says "WRITE!"

11:16 PM  
Anonymous Julie@comehaveapeace said...

Awesome illustration Alisa, and one I needed to hear and pass on today! It really says something about having full faith in our Coach and what He can do when we're willing to "Go!"

9:57 AM  
Blogger Rebecca said...

Hello Alisa,
I have a blog award for you over at my blog! Please come check it out at:
http://imlivingforchrist.blogspot.com
In HIS service,
Rebecca

9:21 PM  
Blogger Tammi said...

This was excellent! It makes me think of the scripture that says, "Go in peace, your journey has the Lord's approval." What more could we ask for? When our Lord says "Go, in peace" we should go in peace, ONE PIECE, and not all torn to pieces over what others may think or say. Sometimes He tells us to step out on faith, and it makes no sense to others. Just like He told Noah to build the ark. What faith God gave Noah to keep on, even when it probably made no sense to those around him!!
Oh what faith it takes to keep on going too. . .and one glorious day, we shall all "slide into our heavenly home plate." We'll be "outta here!" :) Thanks for the spiritual shot-in-the-arm to GO and KEEP ON GOING! May others find the endurance we've been given and join us as we strive for Home!! :)

9:26 PM  
Blogger Nancy said...

Thank you for visiting my blog. When I read this on IC Devotions, it really hit me hard and stuck with me. Thank you for your inspiring post. God really gave me a nudge/push as my coach! :)

7:35 AM  
Blogger Michael Manning said...

This is very inspiring and a source of sincere encouragement. There are so many forces at play in today's world that canhave the effect of frustrating us. A friend whom I recently interviewed said. "A dream is powerful. I don't think anyone has ever figured out how to measure it". Here's to all dreams that are pleasing to The Lord! :)

4:41 PM  
Blogger JT said...

That was an inspiring post. I am going to listen for "GO"

9:52 PM  
Blogger Imperfectpeople.net said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. I have seen yours before and I love it! Hope to chat with you more often!

7:53 AM  
Blogger Warren Baldwin said...

We are a baseball and softball family, so I loved your story! Exciting!

How is God telling me to "Go"? Perhaps on some writing projects I have been dragging out :)

3:39 PM  
Blogger T said...

A Prayer From Jesus

Jesus I brought this prayer to your people and they rejected it. So I added a comment on the importance of this prayer and your plan of Salvation, again no responses. Finally with fire and brimstone, mentioned their destination, it was as if they could not even hear.

Jesus am I to be a profit as unto Jeremiah or like unto Jonah. I fell like Jonah, no matter what I want to do, You all ways command me to do this small task, deliver Your prayer. Except the results are as unto Jermiah. When not one obeyed when You said, they will find safety out of the city.

Jesus, you created me as neither but one of power, in Jesus NAME. Devil in the NAME of JESUS I bind you in Jesus name. Release your hold on those who will be called, son's of Jesus. I command you in JESUS NAME to be gone from all who read this post, in Jesus Name. For the glory is yours alone Jesus. I lift your Name up in Praise now, Lord Jesus. Open my eyes in Jesus Name and let me receive from You, this very hour in JESUS NAME.
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- A PRAYER FROM JESUS -

This prayer is from Jesus that we may hear from Him, that He may speak to our hearts. It only consist of three simple steps.

1, We need to read one scripture. This will focus us in the word that brings everlasting life.

2, Since this prayer is from Jesus we need to direct our prayer to Him personally. Too often Christian focuses they're prayer's to G_D or Father. Scripture proclaims, that Jesus should be the focus of our prayer.

3, The simplest part of this Prayer is to ask Jesus one question. Please, all that is required for this question is that it should be simple. Let Jesus Himself finish the question when He gives you that understanding through this prayer.

The PRAYER

A) The scripture that is the focus of this prayer is "ACTS 2:38". It's not necessary to do any study into this scripture. Jesus will give you the understanding that will resonate in your heart. Just read Acts 2:38, keep it in your heart and take this one scripture to prayer

B) The most important part of this prayer is that we need to direct our prayer directly to Jesus. If you normally would say Father in your prayer, change your focus from the Father to Jesus, by lifting Jesus name up every time you would normally use Father in your prayer.

C) Maybe the hardest part of this prayer is the question that we need to ask Jesus. For man is always trying to understand the question, instead of listening to the answer. The simplest question is all that is required.
Simply ask Jesus, 'WHY'?

For those who are obedient
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1:01 AM  

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