Baseball and a steadfast heart

May 2010 - Reflections
by Jan Kaneft

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May 2010 - Reflections

Most of us walk around clinging to a black umbrella called anxiety: hidden by its shadow, handicapped by its bulkiness, blinded by its color, confused by its deception, and enslaved to our projected forecast. Regardless of the sun-drenched skies, the rainy season is all we know because we fear the “what-ifs.” If this is a description of your life, Holy Fear says to put away your umbrella. “He will have no fear of bad news; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord. His heart is secure, he will have no fear; in the end he will look in triumph on his foes” (Psalm 112:7-8).

A secure heart is a steadfast heart. How do our hearts become steadfast? By trusting in the Lord. The Hebrew word for steadfast is kun: “to be firm, be established, be faithful, be sure, be reliable, be fixed, be certain, to be ready, be prepared, to be determined; to set up, build, make ready. Denotes bringing something into existence. Signifies initial preparation . . . also signifies the deep satisfaction and sense of well-being which comes from the certainty that one’s heart steadfastly trusts in the Lord who directs man’s path” (Hebrew/Greek Study Bible, pg. 1523). As I looked at this definition, it reminded me of baseball.

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