"Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything."

James 1:2-4

I started playing softball at the age of four, and growing up my schedule revolved around practice, games, and the recruiting process. Once I got to high school, the pressure of being offered a softball scholarship increased exponentially. I attended several camps, clinics, and showcase tournaments to reach the goal of playing in college. As my focus became more directed toward softball, the more I turned away from God.

December of my Sophomore year is when my life was flipped upside down. When the doctor said, "you need shoulder surgery," the only life I knew suddenly was not the same. I was right in the middle of trying to earn a college scholarship and who was going to recruit someone fresh out of surgery? I felt that all I worked for was now for nothing, and it was going to be a long rehabilitation process to try to get anywhere close to where I was before. It was not until I stepped away from the game, that I saw the bigger picture. God had a bigger purpose for my life, greater than anything I had ever imagined. At times it was hard to trust God through the long recovery process, but I kept going on with perseverance and trusting God's plan.

After an extensive rehabilitation, I was finally released to be back on the field. Not long after that, I was offered the opportunity to play for Georgia Tech. It was then I finally saw God's plan unveil in my life. If it was not for the timing of my surgery and God putting me in the right place at the right time, I may have never been given this opportunity. Looking back at it all now, God placing me through this trial, not only helped me mature in my faith, but carved out the next step of my life that four years ago I never even believed was possible.

Morgan Taylor