I spent some time this past Monday night with a group of pre-meds/pre-health students up in Redlands as part of the METS summer student project. This is a month long program that teaches pre-health students how to integrate their faith with a career in medicine. I attended the program the summer after my 1st year of medical school, which I can’t believe was 8 years ago. If you are in medicine and have wondered how to include your faith in the care of your patients, they are a great resource to check out.
This year they had a special week-long program for students still in college and I was invited to speak about my experiences. I got to share my testminony of how I ended up playing doctor and pastor, studying in seminary and writing the book. It was just a great time to be around students whose hearts are open to God’s leading. I hope what I shared was helpful in stirring up some prayerful thought about their future career goals.
This definitely was a stepping out of my comfort zone experience for me, and with the book near publishing, it’s exciting to think about future opportunties to share what God has put on my heart. But it’s also really scary since it’s totally out of my element, and sometimes I wonder if I’m out of my mind. But then a song we sang during the retreat came to mind about walking by faith, inspired by Matthew 14:22-36, the account of Peter walking on water. It was a reminder that as long as it is Jesus who we are following, we don’t have to be afraid even if we are treading on unfamiliar ground.
Here’s the song!
“Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”
“Come,” he said.
Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus.
What is God calling you to step out in faith in?