I’m quite confident that the clock is mocking me. With every tick. . . tock. . . tick. . . we’re seconds closer to learning where we will spend the next five to seven years of our lives. Mike traveled from city to city this winter, attending interviews at various residency training programs. Now that interview season has come to an end, we determined how we want to rank each program and the residency programs are in the process of ranking the candidates they interviewed. Once the lists are received into the system, a computer matches the rank lists, resulting in The Match. The city where we hope to start raising little ones, lay a foundation for ministry, become established in our community and refine our craft as professionals will be revealed to us in four short weeks. On March 18, 2016, the students who match into residency programs will find out where they will complete the next phase of their training. Crazy. It’s just crazy. It’s also both daring and required, faith-testing and part of the process, unique and standardized. The trajectory of our lives is totally out of our hands at this point.
Once again, we are reminded that we never really had control in the first place. Our lives are committed to following where the Lord would lead and the best we can do is to be faithful with what has been placed in our hands. Looking back to the days when we started dating to how things have unfolded in my personal career path over the last couple months is proof that it is only by the grace of God that we are in this place today.
If you are in a place of the “unknown,” I encourage you to consider this verse. Write it down. Memorize it. Share it with someone in your life who is also facing a season where they don’t yet know what’s around the corner. It’s so simple, yet it is a solid reminder:
“Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the LORD!” Psalm 31:24
I’m right there with you. While we wait, let’s choose courage and joy!
Mark your calendars and we’ll be sure to keep you updated on where you can find Team Jarrett this Summer!