The Lord doesn't always take you in a straight line. He doesn't always take a direct path. I think He tests you sometimes to see if you're going to keep the faith and hang in there.
~Coach Tony Dungy after winning the Super Bowl in 2007
But despite the roller coaster of my current schedule, I wanted to write today as it marks the 6 year anniversary of my "miracle in the pool" swim. I enjoy re-living this moment each year. It helps me remember God's faithfulness. It gives me hope for the future. And I hope gives YOU encouragement as well.
So grab a cup of coffee, curl up by the fire and read the full story below. Hope it brightens your day and gives you encouragement to trust God with whatever challenges you might be facing.
Miracle In The Pool
I came to Rice as a freshman in fall 2005. I had the privilege of swimming for the school and becoming the fastest 200 flyer my freshman year. It was a good year for me. I scored points at conference and had multiple personal records (PR), but it wasn't good enough. I wanted to do better. Little did I know what the next three years would hold.
My sophomore year was flat. I didn't have any PRs. Spring of that same year I was diagnosed with a thyroid disorder and thought that explained my poor season. I went on thyroid medication and got back to work. I put my head to the grindstone and was ready to pump out some fast swimming and make up for "lost" time.