Phone Calls

Its been a crazy couple of weeks, so sorry if I haven’t had the chance to blog in a while…but some really amazing things have happened during that time. About 3 weeks ago I was driving home from the gym when I got a call from some unknown Maryland number. I picked up the phone and it was Dr. X from Hopkins! My heart started to race, but I tried to calm myself down as much as possible in order to sound normal over the phone.

Dr. X asked me if I had any questions about Hopkins and overall after our talk I had better understanding how they felt about me.

Now who knows…perhaps I could have read too deep into my convo with Dr. X. If that is the case then maybe I won’t match there, but if Hopkins doesn’t come through I have a strong feeling that UVA will. So either way hopefully I will get the opportunity to get closer to my family. But I now feel foolish for thinking this way; if I prayed to God for something, and told Him in my prayers that I had faith that He would answer it, then why am I so pessimistic when I seems like God has answered my prayer in the most clear way? So for here on out, I have an unwavering faith that God will allow me to match at Hopkins. And when I do match at Hopkins I will tell everyone of His goodness, and how He keeps the promises made in Isaiah 58: 13, 14:

13 “If you keep your feet from breaking the Sabbath
and from doing as you please on my holy day,
if you call the Sabbath a delight
and the LORD’s holy day honorable,
and if you honor it by not going your own way
and not doing as you please or speaking idle words,

14 then you will find your joy in the LORD,
and I will cause you to ride in triumph on the heights of the land
and to feast on the inheritance of your father Jacob.”

For the mouth of the LORD has spoken.

When I made my decision to not interview on the Sabbath, I was sure that it was what God wanted me to do, but I was unsure if I would still match after turning down 4 programs. But in God’s word He tells us that for those who honor His holy day, He will elevate them to heights they never thought and bless them. If I believe that God’s word is true, then there is absolutely no need to worry. In fact, my chances of matching probably increased significantly because of my decision to keep the Sabbath instead of interview. Now I am not saying that God doesn’t bless folks who break the Sabbath by interviewing; I know of plenty of Adventist students from LLU that interviewed on the Sabbath and matched into great programs. However, I believe that God offers a special blessing to those who strive to keep the Sabbath; I believe that blessing for me was not just matching into ortho (I probably could have done that by attending all 15 of my interviews), but matching into my #1 choice, which is an opportunity that not everyone gets.

So now the countdown begins. I have about 3 weeks until match day. I can’t wait to confirm what I believe God has already shown me.

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