Gymnastics, Grace, Deliverance
So, take us a little further in the story. You left home and enrolled at UCLA. How did you become a Christian?
I was actually visiting Corwin [now her husband]. We had just started seeing each other. I went to see him on a Sunday, and the football players at UCLA stay in the Suites. I went over to his suite and saw a Bible on his desk. I remember thinking, "What in the world is a Bible doing on his desk?" I knew that they had Bibles in hotel rooms, so I thought that maybe they had Bibles in their dorms.
I asked him whose Bible it was, and he told me it was his. I thought he was lying, so I said, "Well, what did you do today?" He told me that he had gone to church. Again, I thought he was trying to impress me. "Well," I said, "what did you learn in church today?" I wanted him to prove that he had gone to church.
Corwin is one of those guys who can hear a message and repeat it all back to you. So he went through the scripture the pastor went through, and shared with me exactly what he had learned. That's when I knew. I had already known there was something special about him, because he was so different than anyone I had met. But that's when I started realizing that it was his faith that made him different.
We continued to see one another, and then one day he worked up the nerve to share with me "The Four Spiritual Laws." So we sat on his bed in his dorm room, and he shared the Four Spiritual Laws with me.
Now, mind you, it was my sophomore year when I met him. The previous summer, something important had happened in my life. I had gone out late at night with friends to a Burger King restaurant. There were some words exchanged between the guys in our group and some guys in the parking lot.
We thought the incident was over, but when we walked up into the front of the restaurant, I remember hearing this guy screaming and yelling, coming up from behind me. When I turned around, I found myself staring down the barrel of a gun. This young man was screaming and telling me he was going to kill me while he held this gun only an inch away from my forehead.
Now, before gymnastics became a mainstay in my life, I had based my value on how I could handle drugs, how I could roll joints. Then at UCLA I started basing my value on my ability to perform gymnastics. But at that moment, with the gun at my head, everything I had looked to in order to give me value or worth was worth absolutely nothing. I was able to walk away from that moment unharmed, but I walked away thinking there had to be more to life than this.
It was the very next year that I met Corwin, and we were sitting in his room and he's sharing the gospel. As he shared the Four Spiritual Laws, I had never even come close to hearing those words before. I had been to church when I was little, but I had never heard the gospel so clearly presented. I knew then and there that Jesus was what I needed, was what I had been searching for all those years. Because I was searching for something. I didn't know what it was or what form it would take. But I knew from that moment on that God was real.