I graduated... got to Delaware and was able to think about what I was called to truly do with my life. With a degree in Biological Science I had told myself in no uncertain terms "Med School or Die" lol. Don't get me wrong, no one forced me to become a science major or pursue medicine. This definitely isn't the standard case of "Every African wants to be a doctor." However, I think it's wild how we carve out our lives' final destinations without truly stopping to say "Hey God! What do you want me to do? Is this a yes or a no? This or that?"
At a point, I was admittedly discouraged and overall annoyed with the thought of being in the field of healthcare. The Lord used the giant pile of NO's I received from medical schools (trust me, it 'twas indeed GIGANTIC...I started to lose count around 15) to ultimately guide me towards researching professions that I had even forgotten existed. It seems like overnight I developed an ambition to succeed in the area of health as I had initially desired to. I haphazardly tossed out a few applications in what I deemed to be my last attempt in becoming a health professional...
...and I'm excited to tell my loved ones and readers that I have been accepted to Emory University to become a Nurse Practitioner. All GOD! Do y'all hear me? This is a brand new journey for me but I'm excited for the same God that carried me through my time in Wilmington to see me through this next phase. To everyone that's been apart of my journey, I say thank you. You have no idea how much it encourages me to have such an awesome support system behind me!
My hope is that someone out there is encouraged by reading this. God truly does have our best interests at heart. This whole situation reminds me of Exodus 13: 17-18 when God took Moses and the Israelites the long way through the desert towards the Red Sea, rather than going through the shortest route which would have put them face to face with the Philistines. So what did I learn?
God will ALWAYS use your time in a "desert" (ie: waiting on a job, spouse, or acceptance letter) to prove that He is more than capable to get you to the other side.
Desert times will stretch your faith and trust in God. Allow it. These trials lead to perseverance to character to hope and there's nooo way that hope puts you to shame (Romans 5:3-5).
Enjoy the journey. God's glory was revealed and the Israelites received lessons & blessings along the way that they never expected.
Going forward, how will you navigate your time in your current desert? You could complain, become doubtful, and compare yourself to others the entire way... or trust that the Lord is using this time to shield you. Your pick. I chose the latter and I've never been happier.
Atlanta, What's good?! I'm coming Home!