For healthcare students and medical residents, this is the season of transition. Some of you first-years are rejoicing, having finished with the year’s exams and embarking on your “last free summer.” (Not to depress you even as I encourage you). Many fourth-years are enjoying a few days off before orientation for internship year begins.
For others, though, this may be a tougher season. First-years who’ve found out they need to repeat the year; second-years who need to remediate over the summer or study for boards; residents who are exhausted as the academic year comes to a close. Or, those of you just dealing with anything that comes with life in a broken world, much of which has nothing to do with medicine.
This post is for you.
You’re exhausted, so I’ll try to keep it short.
Here’s the basic idea: Jesus knows what you’re going through, and he’s just asking you to hold on to him. Not to surge ahead with big plans, or, to stress out about everything on your to-do list.
Revelation 3:11, written to Christians under persecution by the Roman Empire, says, “Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take away your crown.” In other words, ‘Just keep your faith in Jesus and trust him; don’t let your difficult circumstances take your eyes off of him.’
Some of you may be thinking, “Medical culture isn’t exactly like persecution from a godless government. I’m not sure how relevant this is to me.” I hear you, but would add that although you can give thanks for your (better) circumstances, there are applications here for any tough time.
To some of you type-As, this message of “just hold on” might sound almost blasphemous. “You mean, all that Jesus is asking me to do is trust him until this storm passes? Don’t I have to do something?!”
I’ll let you work that out with Jesus. Meditating on and praying through the larger passage, Revelation 3:7-13, may help.
Today, in the midst of the desert, the message is simply, “Hold on.”
Grace to you, friends.