On March 11th my soccer career came to a sudden end as I fell to the ground screaming in agony after feeling and hearing my knee pop possibly one hundred times. As I rolled in the dirt/grass I punched the ground repeatedly because I knew it was over, I knew I was severely injured and would never step on a field to play another game. That evening I laid in my bed and wrote this simple sentence.
“If there’s one thing I’ve learned from soccer it’s this; If I don’t listen to Him, He will make me.”
All I could think was, “Where did I go wrong? I trained to prevent my right knee from messing up and then my left knee just gets demolished, BY RUNNING. I didn’t even get hit, I just planted wrong. Why did this happen again?” And then a still voice said to me, “You did not listen.” After being out out season after season due to injuries since 8th grade I still had not listened. That’s 3 years with 5+ injuries and I still had yet to listen to Him, but this time I heard Him loud and clear. My purpose lies beyond being a player, but how do I let go of something that my life has revolved around since I was eight years old?
Ecclesiastes 3: 1-8
1 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
2 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
3 A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
5 A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
6 A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
7 A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
8 A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
After reading this scripture I remembered that everything has a season. My soccer career was only a season of my life, only a chapter, it was only a page…it was only the beginning. There’s a time for everything in my life, and HE orchestrates it all.
I have a sticky note on my computer that has “Isaiah 43:2” written on it. That verse says this;
“When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.”
He will guide me.
He will protect me.
He will nurture
He will love.
In His time He will show me what He wants me to do because He has a plan, and all I need is a little bit of faith. He will not leave me and He will be beside me through every battle and every challenging time. And believe me, He will do the same for you.
He will guide you.
He will protect you.
He will nurture you.
He will love you.
In His time He will show you what He wants you to do because He has a plan for you, and all you need is a little bit of faith. He will not leave you and He will be beside you through every battle and every challenging time.
So, as you embark on your new journey and live a new chapter of your life do it all while knowing that He has a plan and He’s already written the next chapter. Do it knowing you are not alone, because here I am living a new chapter of my life not knowing what is going to happen but living it knowing who holds it. Embrace your new beginning.