A few months ago Matthew Irby wrote about Josh Hamilton, I thought about it for a while and I realized that God had a bigger impact in the story than Matthew had given him credit to.
Josh was drafted by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays as the No.1 pick, straight from High school. he attended church and kissed his grandma before each of his games, he was just a good kid. His parents quit their jobs to follow him around the minor league system.
Him and his mom were the victims of a wreck in where a dump truck ran a red light and hit them. He suffered a lower-back injury leading him to numerous hours even days of free time. His parents moved back home so his mom could attend rehab and Josh needed to find something to do and he ended up meeting and spending a lot of time at a tattoo parlor near where the Rays Played.
He then failed drug tests four times and went to rehab eight times after numerous injuries. He spent more time with his "friends" and just kept going on his down-ward streak of mistakes. "I used to have dreams all the time," he says. "They were so real, I'd wake up and take a real deep breath in, like I was hitting the crack pipe." another time he said "I had these dreams where I'm still going to get or use drugs, but then the pee-test guy starts showing up out of nowhere, He just stands there, haunting my dreams." His wife kicked him out of the house to go and move in with his grandmother. He kept defying God. He found him selves having so terrifying nightmares that he ran under his grandmothers sheets for comfort.
After the decision to turn his life around, he is a very possible MVP candidate. He made this journey through God, through putting his faith in Jesus Christ our Lord. When asked what was his lowest point three came to mind. The first was him asking his father-in-law for 2,000 dollars after his check to a crack dealer bounced. The next was him ripping the mirror off his friends truck, punching in the windshield, and getting booked in jail. But the lowest he said was when he woke up from a crack binge trailer and saw numerous people looking at him.
Now he finds himself looking back at the past year, maybe two. He has played in the all-star game with millions of people voting for him. He has broken the record in the home run derby for the first round with 28 long balls.
Through all this God had a plan, God new Josh could handle it and because he did he has had so much success, he is an amazing father, a loving husband, two things he had never been before. He said He put his wife through Hell. Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future".
God has plans for you, each and everyone of you. I want you all to remember that.