This season I’m focusing on staying healthy. I feel like this is an ongoing thing in my career, but I’m finally feeling good and back to normal strength. I’m going to ride that wave as long as I can; I want to stay on the field this year.
I’m happy to have a fresh start and be able to go out and feel good again. I know God allowed me to go through what I did last season for a reason. The injury and rehab journey I experienced has made me a lot stronger both mentally and physically. It was hard, but I’m on the other side now, and already I can look back and see how my strength has developed.
After going through such a grueling recovery process, I’ve been able to encourage some of my teammates who are struggling as well. Knowing what they’re going through, I can speak into their lives and let them know there is an end. I try to encourage them to be patient and trust in God’s plan and process. I remember wanting to see the end of the struggle, getting glimpses of the light at the end of the tunnel, but I was looking too far ahead. I wasn’t there quite yet. There were a lot of bumps in the road I had to get over first as I hit setback after setback during rehab. Adding extra weeks to my recovery seemed like torture when I wanted to get back on the mound so badly, but God knew what He was doing.
I had to trust that good would come out of it all. There were times when I couldn’t see how any good could possibly come out of my injury, but I clung to the truth I knew that everything He does is for my good. I had to trust and be patient. God’s process is way more interesting and much more rewarding. His end game is worth the journey it takes to get there.
Don’t get me wrong, there were plenty of times I was stressed out, banging my head against the wall. I felt like I couldn’t catch a break! But throughout it all, I was aware that God was working behind the scenes. Eventually, I reached a point where I said, “OK, God, I’m going to work hard and give you my all, and whatever happens, happens.”
Now that I’ve been through that journey and come out stronger, I’m able to look ahead and trust that I can get through anything with God. Knowing this helps me go forward with confidence in His strength. No longer do I have to worry about the future. In the midst of the struggle, one verse was being hammered into my heart. This verse gave me a deeper belief in our God who works all things together for good:
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your heart and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brother and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things.” — Philippians 4:6-8
— Daniel Norris, Detroit Tigers pitcher
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