…Cause me to know the way in which I should walk, For I lift up my soul to You. (Psalm 143:8, N.K.J.V.)
Lou Gehrig was one of the most iconic players in the history of baseball. He played for the New York Yankees from 1923 to 1939, when the disease that now bears his name finally forced him to retire. Nicknamed “The Iron Horse” because he played in 2,130 consecutive games, Gehrig’s hall-of-fame career is the stuff of legends. As evidence of this, his Yankee uniform #4 was the first number to ever be retired by a baseball team.
One story from Gehrig’s career places him at bat, with the Yankees trailing by one run. A runner is on first base and another on second, which means that Gehrig has a chance to either tie or win the game. But with the count full at three balls and two strikes, the pitcher winds up and throws a perfect strike right past Gehrig,
Gehrig just stands there, never moving his bat as the umpire yells, “Strike three!” Then the embarrassed slugger heads toward the dugout. Before he leaves the batter’s box, though, Gehrig turns and says something to the umpire. This sends the sportswriters sitting next to the field into a frenzy. Never before have they seen Gehrig argue with an umpire.
Curiosity quickly gets the better of one of the writers, so he yells out, “Hey, ump, tell us what Lou said to you.” The umpire looks at Gehrig and says, “Lou, tell these men what you just said to me.” To that Gehrig smiles somewhat ashamedly and says, “I just said, ‘I’d give ten dollars to have that one back.'”
This world is filled with people who’d give much more than ten dollars to have a decision back. Many a man or woman thinks, “Oh, to be back in time, standing at that same crossroad again!” But we can’t go back, can we? Life gives us just one chance to get it right, and if we make a bad decision, we have to live with the unpleasant harvest. This is why it is so important that we tap into the mind of God when making decisions. The Bible tells us that His way is perfect (Psalm 18:30), His work is perfect (Deuteronomy 32:4), and His will is perfect (Romans 12:2).
So, are you facing a big decision right now? If you are, have you taken the matter to God in prayer and asked Him to show you His will? “Not really,” you say? Then it’s high time you did. And even if you have, then it would still be a good idea for you to ask Him again and make double sure that you heard His answer correctly. What you don’t want to do is ignore God and His will altogether and consequently one day have to say what Lou Gehrig once had to say: “I’d give ten dollars to have that one back.”