It seems strange to us that we’re finally here! Not that we’ve arrived or anything. Just this point on the journey has seemed so far away for so long, and always out of reach, that to finally be done with five years of residency seems…strange…but in a good way. We’re growing up! 🙂 There is an element of feeling like we’ve hit the pause button on life during these years of training and that we should still be 22 or at most, 25 instead of 30s. Our children are daily reminders that life is not on hold. As the days go by, they’re growing and learning and eventually will be all grown up all too soon.
I didn’t just brainstorm and one day pick Psalm 118:23 to be my life verse, but I think gradually it has become a key verse that really defines my life, my outlook and my attitude. THIS is the day! The Lord has made TODAY for me. I WILL rejoice! My outward circumstances, the weather, interruptions, lack of sleep…none of that has to dictate my attitude if I view today as a unique gift from God and live today to the fullest. I remember one dreary, cold, rainy day several years ago mentioning something to George that the weather was making me feel down in the dumps and kind of melancholy. He asked me “why?” and told me I shouldn’t let a little thing like the weather determine whether I have a good day or a bad day. That question and advice has really stuck with me! I don’t want to waste my life pining away for what I don’t have, or for what is to be in the future, and not live it up today. That reminds me of a quote by Jim Elliott, “Wherever you are, be all there. Live to the hilt every situation you believe to be the will of God.”
Two days ago, George was in the OR at Northwestern for the last time. He’s turned in his pager and is now studying hard for boards. Our house is half packed…or maybe a quarter packed and in two weeks time, we will be getting ready to hit the road for another adventure. 🙂