Diamondbacks’ Shortstop Nick Ahmed Says Faith in Jesus Has Given Him Peace and Joy

Arizona Diamondbacks’ Nick Ahmed watches the ball as he hits a grand slam home run scoring Eduardo Escobar, Christian Walker and Jake Lamb during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Saturday, July 27, 2019, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Nick Ahmed is known as one of Major League Baseball’s top defensive players, but six years ago, he was a struggling minor leaguer, unsure what the future held.

Then he gave his life to Christ.

Ahmed, a shortstop for the Arizona Diamondbacks and a two-time Gold Glove winner, said recently during a “Breakfast & Baseball” speech at Hillside Community Church in Bristol, Conn., that his outlook on his career and life changed during an encounter with God on a hot and muggy night in Mobile, Ala. – right in the middle of a minor league game.

“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.’”

But between the fourth and fifth innings, he handed his career 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,” Ahmed said. “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.’”

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Source: Christian Headlines