Darryl Strawberry’s Climb From Pit to Pulpit

What if? It’s a question Major League Baseball pundits ponder about Darryl Strawberry, one of the game’s legendary power hitters of the 1980s and ’90s.

Strawberry, who played for the New York Mets, has asked the same question, but ironically, he is more thankful for a season of striking out in life than his prowess at home plate.

Two failed marriages, drug and alcohol addiction, jail time and bankruptcy are the messes Strawberry says God used to transform into a message for His glory. And it’s that message the 57-year-old is sharing across the country as an itinerant evangelist speaking in churches, prisons and schools.

Strawberry likens God’s faithfulness in his life to that of Job in the Old Testament. “God let me see the fame, the fortune, the brokenness, the emptiness, almost left for dead, but He stepped in the middle and said, ‘Satan, OK, that’s enough. You can torment him all you want, but at the end, his soul belongs to Me and I’m going to take him, and I’m going to use him for My glory.’”

A two-time cancer survivor, Strawberry is profoundly grateful for his spiritual and physical healing.

I am glad for my fall because had I not fallen, I would have probably made another $50 million, but I wouldn’t have ever met Jesus,” Strawberry says. “He’s a God of second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth chances, and I think people need to understand that He’s a God that will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Rewritten with permission | Lee Waters – Author