4 years later
“but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”
Isaiah 40:31 NIV
I had a choice
When I was consciously aware of my condition I could either listen to the doctors and everyone who feared my current situation or listen to God and show others watching he always has the last say!
It was hard, it was uncomfortable, I was humbled, at times it seemed like settling was a lot easier! Whenever someone tried to make me comfortable with being ok and just relaxing I pressed on! There was a feeling deep down in my heart to do what I wanted to do and that’s wrestle, Graduate and show these doctors who were so sure that they aren’t God!
After the first few months the light got brighter, by April I was back Living with my teammates looking to get cleared preparing to restart my senior year of college!
I get cleared to wrestle and I’ve forgotten everything I’ve learned since 6th grade! All this work to get here and it was like I lost it!
More battling, I knew I could do it but I was losing to true freshman, I was the best wrestler in the country a few months before that! I kept pressing on though, hard on myself knowing my potential, what I wanted and everything I’ve been through I wasn’t going to settle for giving up! A year later from the accident and I’m getting ready to compete for my first time in Vegas!
Not scared, not nervous, I’m ready. Started off winning, fell behind a bit, got caught on my back and then turned up, I came back with the heart and faith in everything I’ve been through in a year to get me through this challenge!
The horn goes off I win 11-9 I drop down give thanks for it all! What I received in those moments was a gift to forever give to others who are going through! Hope in God! God Got Me, God Got You!
A few months later I Dougie across the graduation stage! The next year I work as a paraprofessional with children who for a moment I was. I was put there to be their hope in getting better and I seen a progression throughout the year in those kids!
The next year I move to Colorado and start grad school to be a counselor and sit with brokenness and be the hope already knowing your situation will get better but you have to put your hope in the Lord and not man!
Now by year 4 I’m wrestling with Olympians and at the Olympic Training Center to shock the world and win a medal as claimed!
At the peak of what I wanted God said Isaiah wait for your medal, go through this storm, come out better before, let me clean you up inside and attain something bigger than a National Title! I want Olympic Gold, God hasalesady used me in a way of giving me back so much more than a National Title, he gave me my life back in full with opportunity that followed. Now I’m chasing my greater! I hope you are too! #GodGotMeGodGotYou