curveballs and little foxes June 12, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — cindytripp @ 10:17 pm

I do not know much about baseball, but I like one of the words associated with it. That word is curveball, defined as a ball “pitched with a snap of the wrist and a strong downward spin, which causes the ball to drop suddenly and deceptively veer away from home plate.” At times, when you least expect it, a curveball heads your way that suddenly and deceptively changes direction and leaves you reacting rather than responding and often causes you to miss the ball entirely.

At one point, I remember reflecting on these words from Solomon: “Catch for us the foxes, the little foxes that ruin the vineyards, our vineyards that are in bloom” (Song of Solomon 2:15). Sometimes when you see the end of your labor approaching and the fruits ready for harvest, you discover that little foxes have crept in and seem to be about to ruin everything. Now instead of harvesting, you have to do something to avoid damage to the vineyard.

Curveballs and little foxes.

I thought that my big issue would be working through the day-by-day challenges of cancer, concentrating on following doctor’s directions, and resting and taking care of myself.

Curveballs and little foxes.

Unanticipated annoyances. Unexpected problems. Little surprises. Deceptive twists.

Ah, curveballs and little foxes.

These things aren’t big. They aren’t things you can gird your heart to conquer. They just appear in your life and distract you.

Curveballs can be hit, however, and little foxes can be caught.

The trick is to notice them for what they are and deal with them right then.

That’s what I want to remember today.


2 Responses to “curveballs and little foxes”

  1. Holly Pearson Says:

    You continue to be an amazing teacher! Thank you for sharing with us. We continue to pray every day for you. Curveballs and foxes. I will not forget that! You have helped me today. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Joy Brandon Says:

    Woo Hoo! Here’s to hitting those curveballs and catching those foxes! You’re awesome ๐Ÿ™‚

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