About the Book
I have always loved nature. Being in nature is a way for me to stop and profoundly connect with God’s beautiful creation around me. Taking as little as one minute to look up and absorb the colors, smells, sights, sounds, and feelings can instantly connect you. Looking at the night sky has always been a metaphorical rush for the infinite feelings that surge through my body as I process what my eyes are taking in. Something so vast…so infinite…so much greater than I can comprehend…yet here I am standing in the midst of it. I am not only matter that exists in this space, but I matter. I am right here… right now. Mere coincidence or part of a master plan? A Grand Weaver’s thread in the fabric of history.
It’s my desire to take you on a walk that focuses on the process rather than the final destination. A walk requires taking one step after another; just as there is a journey from a seedling to the maturation of a tree. The journey of a seed is not linear; just as our journey in life is not linear. There is breaking. There is beauty. There is sorrow. There is happiness. There is sadness. This book is an acknowledgement of the beautiful, crazy, and difficult process called life. It’s about seeing the beauty and understanding that it takes work and perseverance to get to the good stuff.
My hope and prayer is that this book makes you not only truly see Creation, but feel it as well. That it makes us all feel connected to one another…and most importantly to our Creator. Science and nature prove over and over again that God—Our Master Designer—does exist. As the wind is not seen, but felt, so is our Father.
About the Author
Abby Gearhart is the Assistant Athletic Director, Compliance Coordinator, Senior Woman Administrator, Campus Wellness Coach, Habitat for Humanity Advisor, Student Athlete Advisory Committee Advisor, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes Advisor at The University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. Gearhart began her relationship with Pitt-Johnstown athletics in 2006 as a volleyball student athlete, Gearhart graduated magna cum laude with a dual degree in secondary mathematics education and applied mathematics. She went on to receive her Master’s in Higher Education Administration from the University of Pittsburgh, summa cum laude.
In 2013, Gearhart began a six-year career in public education at Conemaugh Township. During that time, she served as a secondary level math teacher. She taught grades 7th through 12th in the subjects from Pre-Algebra to AP Calculus. She was also the high school girls’ volleyball coach. Coaching was one of her greatest joys and she proudly led her team to the school’s first ever section championship. Most importantly, it led to the team’s legacy of post-game prayer and “put-ups” with the other team no matter the outcome of the game. Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) played a dynamic role in her coaching to which she attributes as life changing. FCA taught her the importance of putting Christ first in everything you do, including sports.
Gearhart returned to Pitt-Johnstown in November 2018 to follow her passion for working with student athletes and positively impacting her community. She enjoys playing volleyball, lifting weights, hiking, riding her motorcycle, biking, kayaking, photography, writing, painting, and listening to music.