My name is Lindsay Delmar and I am 23 years old and live in Calgary, Canada. I was born in South Africa and moved to Canada with my family when I was 4 years old. My mom put me in swimming lessons when I was young, and I loved it so much that I joined a competitive swim club at age 9. As the years progressed, I became more and more immersed in the sport and even started representing Canada on the Junior Tour team when I was 14.
For many athletes, the pinnacle of success is competing at the Olympic Games. I was among the young swimmers who set my sights on qualifying for the Canadian Olympic Team in 2012.
By 2012, I was ranked in the top 5 women in Canada leading up to the Canadian Olympic Trials. My goal of qualifying for the Olympics was within reach, and I invested all of my energy and focus on this dream. For a full year, I trained harder than I had ever trained, was away from home for long periods of time, and turned down large recruitment scholarships to swim for well-known colleges in the United States.
It was during this time that I started encountering God in very tangible ways as my faith and hope grew in Him. I remember seeing prophetic pictures of my life in the middle of training sessions and feeling my faith grow in proportion to what the Lord was saying to me. One of the more significant words I received was from my pastor, Peter Webber. He said that “There is no Plan B in God – He only has Plan A” for my life. I held onto these words tightly as I entrusted my goals and dreams to the Lord.
At the Olympic Trials, it all came down to one final opportunity, but it was an opportunity I missed by one second. One second. The weight and depth of that disappointment are difficult to adequately describe. My immediate response was to quit swimming after that race. I was confused by what had happened because I truly thought that God would get me onto the team so I could swim at the Olympic Games in London.
However, instead of quitting at that time, I chose to rather lean into my Father and sensed that He was doing a deep work in my identity and character. By His grace, I faced my disappointment and dealt with the failure. It took considerable reflection and time with the Lord to realize that the sum total of my swim career was not about outward recognition and external success. More importantly, I was learning that
I am not defined by what I DO or what I SUCCEED at, but rather WHO I AM in Christ.
I went on to swim for another 2 years. Then, in 2013, I felt God speaking to me about retiring from the sport of swimming. The next Olympic Games were still scheduled for 2016 and a big part of me wanted to try again to achieve the goal that I had missed in 2012. It took humble obedience (mixed with a lot of faith) to walk away from the sport that had literally consumed my life for 12 years.
I understood that my swim career was finite and that I needed to start committing myself to my academics so that I could pursue a career path after university. I clung to the hope that “He has Plan A for my life;” and if part of Plan A meant retiring from swimming ‘early,’ then so be it!
Flash forward 2 years… By His immense favor and goodness, I have been accepted into the University of Alberta, Faculty of Medicine program! I’m going to be a Medical Doctor. Over 2,000 people compete each year for only 150 places in the class, and I got in. I believe that the faith He planted in me when I was training to make the Olympic team in 2012 really blossomed into a living experience of His remarkable goodness in 2016.
I am totally convinced that
He makes ALL things work together for the good of those who love the Lord!
I also know that His plans and Kingdom purposes are to bless and prosper me, but they are also so much bigger than what I can possibly fathom! He wants to use me in the medical field and give me a platform to stand on to advocate for the sick, the broken, and the dying in this world. Plan A is so wonderful!