AhmIn a recent video on Twitter, Major League Baseball’s top defensive player Nick Ahmed proclaims “But now I have Jesus” amidst life’s struggles.
During a “Breakfast & Baseball” speech at Hillside Community Church in Bristol, Conn., Nick testified how God changed his life. He started off with recounting what happened to him six years ago.
Nick Ahmed Faced The Quarter-Life Crisis
He wasn’t certain of what’s ahead of him and he had always feared the future. But that all changed after he encountered God right in the middle of a minor league game in Mobile, Alabama.
“The first two at-bats were terrible. I strike out. I ground into a double play. I’m like, ‘Here we go again.’ I [had] all this fear and anxiety and worry about my dream being ripped away from me. … Every day I showed up to the ballpark, I was like, ‘Man, this is going to be my last game. I’m going to fail again. The next day I’m going to get released. I’m going to have to give up on my dream and it’s going to be over,” Nick recalled.
However, in the middle of the fourth and fifth innings, a conviction urged him to surrender to God.
“I [ran] out to play shortstop, play defense, and for whatever reason I just stood there, and I didn’t take the two or three ground balls that the infielders take to warm up between innings,” he continued.
An Unlikely Encounter With God
“I just turned around. I faced the outfield. I closed my eyes and at that moment right there in the middle of the game on the field, during a baseball game. I said, ‘God I’m giving my life to You. I’m tired of doing it my own way. I repent of all my sins.’”
Nick remembers praying to God in the middle of the game telling Him, “I’m going to do life your way and whatever You have for me – whether that’s baseball for another 15 years or that’s no more baseball ever … I’m going to give that to You, and if you’re going to take that away, cool, I’m following You. I’m doing life your way.”
“And right at that moment I felt the Holy Spirit come through me and just give me the peace that I never had before,” he recounted the life-changing moment.
“I can’t explain it. I can’t tell you why it happened at that certain day. There were so many events that drew me to that one spot. At that moment I just started following God and I said, ‘I’m going to do life your way. I’m going to walk with You. I’m going to follow You.”
Leaving His Idol Behind
Since then, Nick yielded the sport that he unknowingly regard as an idol to God. And today, he says “everything on the inside has been different.”
But Nick makes it clear that he is no exception to the difficulties in life.
“I still go through ups and downs, but I’m not riding this huge roller coaster of extreme highs and extreme lows and having no peace and no joy. … My circumstances still stink sometimes,” he said.
“I’ve gone through a lot of different things. I had four surgeries in a 13-month period. My wife and I had a miscarriage; we lost the baby. Three of my best friends that I played with the last three years have all left my team. I’m dealing with life and [bad things] still happen. We’re not immune to life. But now I have Jesus,” Nick Ahmed declared despite the bad things that has happened.
— Sports Spectrum (@Sports_Spectrum) December 24, 2019
Source: Christian Headlines