We first found out the 2020 rugby season was postponed for four weeks, then it was eight weeks, and before we knew it, the season was canceled. There would be no competitions until 2021. It seemed like the season ended so abruptly, with new updates every 12 hours.
I was heartbroken. I was heartbroken that all the hard work we as a team had put into this season was for nothing. I was heartbroken to not be able to say goodbye to my international teammates before they had to quickly leave in order to get into their home countries again. To add insult to injury, I had an ankle injury that required me to need rehab, and didn’t allow me to fulfill the coaching role I also have. My teammates and I weren’t sure if the league would honor our contracts or not, leaving us questioning if we would be able to pay our bills.
I found myself trying to grab a hold onto everything to try to control things. With all the worries swimming through my mind, trying to control things was not helping. My strength and conditioning coach, a fellow Christ-follower, suggested I do a fast. He talked about the physical benefits of cleansing the body but also the spiritual importance of humbling oneself before God during times of uncertainty. So after the season was called off, I committed to a three-day fast.
Surprised by how at peace I felt during that fast, I started not overthinking things as much. I was able to focus on my prayer life and spend time journaling much more than I had before. It became clear to me that fasting was a Biblical practice because it really does bring clarity and perspective to your life.
This time of uncertainty with COVID-19 running rampant has caused a lot of lives to be turned upside down. Personally, I’ve found myself so blessed by those around me. A friend of mine, who I’ve been ministering to, recently gave his life to Christ and has been on the front lines, working with the homeless. We talk every week and in our most recent conversation, he shared just how confident and at peace he is now that he has his faith in Christ. He knows God has His hand on this no matter what comes.
As my mother said to me, this is a great time to let go and let God. All we need to do is trust Him completely with our lives. It’s not my job to control, it’s my job to be the best image of Jesus Christ that I can be to the world.
While watching our church service online after the public gathering restrictions were put into place, I was challenged as our pastor posed the question, “How often in your life have you thought, ‘Is this it? Is this all?'” Thankfully for us, the answer is, “No, this isn’t it.” We have the reality of a life with Jesus Christ, both for eternity and for today. He is the one who can open your heart and mind to experience His peace, patience, joy and purpose today. God is right there, He knows you and He’s tugging at your heart. All you have to do is take a step of faith and turn to Him.
— Nate Augspurger, USA Rugby and San Diego Legion player
Nate Augspurger is a regular contributor to The Increase, providing articles and opinions. Check out Nate’s Increase profile: https://theincrease.com/author/nate-augspurger/
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