Courtesy of D.L.
Last night I had the opportunity to attend a Corpus Christi Hooks baseball game. During the game, my daughter asked me what a “relief pitcher” was. I pointed out to her the bullpen and explained that other pitchers warmed up there to come into the game and help when the starting pitcher gets tired, or simply isn’t pitching well.
Today I want to challenge you with the question: Who is in your bullpen?
Exodus 17:9-13 (NASB)
9 So Moses said to Joshua, "Choose men for us, and go out, fight against Amalek. Tomorrow I will station myself on the top of the hill with the staff of God in my hand."
10 And Joshua did as Moses told him, and fought against Amalek; and Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill.
11 So it came about when Moses held his hand up, that Israel prevailed, and when he let his hand down, Amalek prevailed.
12 But Moses' hands were heavy. Then they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it; and Aaron and Hur supported his hands, one on one side and one on the other. Thus his hands were steady until the sun set.
13 So Joshua overwhelmed Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword.
In baseball, the starting pitcher begins the game and takes the team as far as he can get them on the strength of his arm. Once the pitcher gets tired, it is up to the relief pitcher to help protect the starting pitcher’s win or help the team recover from the starting pitcher’s poor showing. It is critical for a team to always have a pitcher warmed up in the bullpen and ready to go, at a moment’s notice.
In the above cited example of Moses, he needed Aaron and Hur to hold his arms high, when he was too tired to do so himself. He needed them to bring out the stone to support his weight, when his legs simply couldn’t do it anymore. It was the “relief” work of Aaron and Hur that allowed Moses to secure the victory for Israel. It is important to note that the real victory occurred in the beginning, when Moses brought Aaron and Hur to the top of the hill with him. Had Moses not brought these men with him, he would have ultimately come to the point that he could no longer hold his arms up and Israel may have been defeated in this battle.
The real issue for you and I is the preparation of others to step in at critical times to help us sustain our victories. All too often we shut others out and try to do everything ourselves. Many organizations are stifled because the key leaders have not adequately trained other leaders to step in and take their place if need be. Even many households have been put at a disadvantage when a spouse has died or become incapacitated, and the other is uninformed as to the nature of the household bills and routines.
Today, I encourage you to identify those who need to be in your bullpen. Who are the people that need to be equipped to provide you some relief when your arms are growing weary? Have you prepared others to step in to your role in a pinch? Take some time this week to give away a part of yourself, so that the victory you’ve worked so hard for is protected even if you are not throwing your best pitches.