It was in December of 1993 that I was visiting my family for Christmas, and I received a phone call from some friends of mine at the University of New Mexico. They told me that a women's professional baseball team was forming, and they knew I was interested in playing.
I went to train for about a month in Albuquerque and then headed across to Phoenix for a tryout. I made the spring training team with 50 other players and wound up making the final cut. I had been chosen to play for the Colorado Silver Bullets, and as you can imagine, I was pretty excited!
Little did I know in the beginning that halfway through the season my personal life would plunge to an all-time low. I was forced out of action with a serious back injury which required surgery, and I also experienced a devastating breakup with a boy friend. My life seemed to crumble all at once, and I felt as though I had hit rock bottom.
In time, I realized that these trials came along for a reason. Someone was trying to get my attention -- someone who really loved me and cared about me. That someone was Jesus Christ.
As a young person, I always believed that God existed, but I never attended church and never knew much about Jesus Christ. I didn't know He was the answer to life. I thought I would find the answer to my insecurity by partying and drinking. I just wanted to feel loved and accepted for who I was.
Later, a party buddy of mine decided to turn his life around. He had made a commitment to Jesus Christ, and I could clearly see a difference in his life. It wasn't too long before he began to share his faith with me. Then he took me to a church service, and even though I didn't fully understand the Bible or the things that were being said, I sensed that God was knocking on the door to my heart.
I responded by inviting Jesus Christ into my life, but for two years my relationship with Him made very little progress. The problem was that I didn't spend time getting to know the Lord in a personal way.
It wasn't until the middle of the '94 season that I realized God was not No. 1 in my life. The setbacks I encountered drew me back to Him, and I knew He was the answer to everything I had searched for.
Since that time, Jesus Christ has given my life meaning and purpose. I know that He loves me and that He is always with me, and I know that I can depend on his strength to get me through tough times. I have found real joy in serving Him, and that's my greatest desire in life.
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