September 1st was my last post. That is a little over two months ago. WordPress has changed its website since the last time I posted. So many other things have happened in the past two months. I kept thinking of possible blog ideas but then never got to the computer. Soccer season took over my life. Not just soccer season, but my job, being on leadership team, and of course staying caught up with schoolwork all took over. For whatever reason, I decided to fill my precious free time with anything and everything. Boss asks me to work? I’ll do it. Leadership meeting? Can’t miss that. New Bible study starting? Why not. SAAC meeting? I volunteer. The list goes on and on. On top of all that, our team turned into traveling rockstars without the rockstar part. We were in a different city every weekend. I would wake up in a hotel not knowing where I was or what day it was. We ended up missing around 15 days of classes because of travel. (On the plus side, we have collectively become professional airport navigators.) I have been so busy, I hardly have time to have extended phone conversations with my mother. I had to use my walks to class to talk to her. And I have also been in an endless game of phone tag with my best friend. Being busy somehow kept me happy.
With all that being said, I am sad it’s over. This season was pretty cool. Our team was the bomb this year. There is no other way to put it. We didn’t win every game, but we won more than we lost and that’s better than we’ve ever done. We were the very first NKU team to make it to the Atlantic Sun Conference tournament. We were then the very first team to make it to the semifinals. It was a year of firsts. Things went pretty well for the team. I loved traveling to Florida three times this fall just to play soccer (and so did my parents). I loved it even more because my teammates are fun people and travel trips are always the best. I loved every minute of being a part of this team. Maybe not all the running, but definitely everything else.
With all the fun and games (literally) I learned so much this year. Although I had a tough time with injuries, black eyes, and broken face masks, I learned just as much when life was going great. I could go on about how I suffered my 5th and 6th concussions in one season . Or how at one point in the season, I was in a boot for an injury and a sling for another at the same exact time. We could also talk about how I broke two face masks and had two black eyes all in the span of a week. I could go into painful details about all of those events but the details don’t matter, what matters is what God showed me during those times. I don’t have an inspirational “God kept me so positive throughout all of this” story because that didn’t happen to me. I wasn’t positive, I was angry and frustrated. Fortunately, God loved me even when I was mad. Why? Because everything God does is for His glory. So everything we do should be for His glory. When things were going bad, I looked to God and got some comfort. Then things started going well and everything was looking up. So I kept looking up, to Him. God has a funny way of showing his sovereignty and sometimes I don’t always see it. But this season I eventually did. I saw it every day in the new friendships I created on the team, or in the adorable kids that I got to work with for my job, or when my professors were so willing to help me when I was behind. We all have the opportunity to glorify God in our friendships, our sports, classes, or jobs and God reminded me of that every day. I am thankful for those holy reminders.
So where am I going with all of this? I am not so sure. I am still praying for some direction from God. I haven’t learned an earth shattering lesson yet. But that’s the cool thing about God. If He always gives us all the answers, what is the point in having faith?
Jesus love you so much!