Junior Doctors in August
The first Wednesday in August is a day of reckoning for many. Also known as ‘Black Wednesday’ it is when all the junior doctors start a new job. Whether they are fresh from Medical school, or have a year or two’s experience under their belt, this is often an anxious time. New routines, new responsibilities, new hospital systems and new team members: comfort in familiarity and experience is temporarily lost.
For the brand new doctors this is often a time of massive change. A feeling of being ‘uprooted’ is common where they have moved from a city they had lived in for the last five years to a new place, with new people, no settled church, new responsibilities and a loss of the support network that had so effortlessly been there for so many years.
Along with this, the learning curve is steep. Non-familiarity with hospital systems and dealing with sick patients will inevitably challenge even the most prepared of new doctors. First night shifts and weekends on call are often a rite of passage; but a loss of routine, and an incessant bleep can echo in the mind long after a shift has finished.
Amid this tumult of change and chaos there is one constant – our God. He is the creator and sustainer of all things (including Junior doctors!) (Psalm 146:6) and the source of all comfort and joy (2Cor 1:3).Our sovereign God guides our footsteps through our first days on the wards and much further beyond that (Proverbs 16:9). He allows us to be tested for our good, to develop our character, and so we can know him better (James 1:2-4).
This is a challenging time for all of our Juniors, but our God is faithful and our weakness can display his strength (2 Cor 12:10)
Medical Students in August
August for students often means the opposite of work. However, distractions of free time and lack of routine can sometimes mean that a holiday from Uni becomes a holiday from Jesus.
For some students August is resit season. As medics our identity is often wrongly found in our success and a first failure can cut to the core. No longer being comfortable in describing oneself as ‘a 3rd year medical student’ , can make a young Christian question whether God made a mistake in sending them to medical school in the first place. Gods plan for them has been starkly different to their own plan, and anger at God can result.
The truth is that both of these situations are brilliant opportunities for growth as a Christian. Extra free time (which is often not appreciated fully until one starts working!) is a precious resource which can be used to know God better. Difficult times too, can be a way God grows his Children to be more reliant on him for their joy instead of fleeting joy in a current situation.
Please join with me in praying for our Juniors:
- That they find stability in the Lord Jesus who is alive and living in us
- That they cling to Him rather than look to temporary worldly comforts
- That they find joy in serving the Lord through the ministry of medicine
- That they seek and find faithful churches in their new location
Please join with me in praying for our Students:
- That they use their extra free time to get to know God better
- That those who are re-sitting may find their strength in God alone
Please pray for me:
- Praise God that I have had the opportunity to go part time to help support Christian students and Juniors in Preston
- Please pray that I will know God better through studying his word in more depth this year
- Please pray that God can prompt me in how to serve the new Juniors best through this time