Galatians 6:9 reads, “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for at a proper time we will reap, if we do not give up.”
Before we got off the bus to warm up for our game last Friday, my coach broke his Bible out and read us Galatians 6:9. It says, “And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up”.
As our team sat there to chew on the words of the verse, he began to explain to us the Christian morals we have picked up throughout our lives and how we have applied them to our sport. At first, I didn’t know how to take this verse. So let me break it down to how I heard it.
1. Let us not grow weary of doing good. (easy, go hard the entire game and do it for God, your teammates and yourself).
2. For in proper time we will reap. (We will finally get what we have worked so hard for).
3. If we do not give up. (Self explanatory, right?).
So I heard this thinking, this is our day finally. We are going into this game coming out of it what we have wanted all along. Reminder, we have a teammate out because of mono. Warm up comes and almost goes. Five minutes before game time, our senior goalie cracks her head open. This forces us to change goalies, and adapt with her playing style. Nonetheless we play the game, but come out on the bottom to our opponents. Hard, sour and tough loss, but throughout the game I kept thinking about Galatians 6:9. Reflecting on it, I was questioning God’s reasoning. Our coach showed us this verse, giving us the ultimate pump up to get what we finally wanted. It only took me until I saw our huddle, after the clock hit zero. We circled around each other; the coaches, players, our goalie with ice on her cut (she went to the hospital afterwards because she is a trooper and team player even on the bench), and our teammate who had mono. Everyone was gathered around one another, supporting and consoling each other. Holding our heads high still, we needed not to reap this win. At the end of the day, after a long hard fought battle, all of our soldiers came out of battle; whether they be sweaty, tired, bloody, or sickened with mono. We all came together one last time, and we did not give up nor did we lose our faith in the Lord, or each other. Fresno Pacific women’s polo team reaped at the proper time, as our coach read us. The cards are dealt how they are, ours that day happened to be some of the worst of the draw. What really matters though, is how you play your hand, not just folding. I can’t help but get chills whenever I think about it, what were the odds of that verse appearing to us? It was for God to teach us yet another lesson and to strengthen our relationship with him and each other. As cliche as it sounds, winning is not everything and I seriously think that was our lesson that day. Even with a loss and a season coming to a final end, we had a whole team. A whole team that showed love, support, enthusiasm, pump ups, jokes, high fives and hugs. As a freshman, being apart of a team is an accomplishment, but being apart of this family and sisterhood was an honor. I was blessed to have shared this lesson with the team, and because of that moment with them, Galatians 6:9 will forever be in my heart. It was a marvelous season with this team, even ending in a horribly dealt game. One season down, three to go.