There is a beautiful song in our church hymn book that says:
“I’ll go where you want me to go dear Lord, over mountain or plain or sea. I’ll go where you want me to go dear Lord. I’ll be what you want me to be.”
That has certainly been the song Jonathan and I have been singing over the last 8 years of our life. Every move or journey that we have taken has not been without the Lord’s hand. This next journey has not been any different.
We have traveled to the Caribbean, then back to Utah, to Kansas, and then on to Arkansas. Most of the time our place of residence was not by our choice. It has always happened how Heavenly Father wanted it to happen. Every time, it has been what is best for our family. One destination in particular ended up being one of our biggest family trials, but we had to go through that trial to end up where we were supposed to be.
The next phase of life brings a bright light to the end of our tunnel. You see we are nearing the end of Jonathan’s residency. Residency is the training a doctor receives once he completes medical school. Yes, did you know that while in residency you are a doctor? Residency is where you train to be the kind of doctor you would like to be. Jonathan has been doing his residency in Physiatry. Another term for that is Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. That’s a fancy term for a rehab doctor. Jonathan helps people recover from injury, strokes, or certain disabilities that may affect muscles and nerves. After you complete your residency, it is time to start your own practice or find a job. Residency’s very in length depending on the type. Jonathan is a fourth year resident in a four year program. However, instead of starting his own practice or signing on with a clinic, Jonathan has decided to specialize in his field of Physiatry. There are specialties in every kind of medicine. When you specialize, you do what is called a fellowship.
Jonathan has known all along that a fellowship was the right path for him. He wanted to be able to learn more then he was taught in his four years of residency. I know four years is a long time, and you might think that he should be able to have learned everything. I am hear to tell you that doctors cram so much in to their brain. It is amazing all the knowledge he has floating around in his brain. I don’t know how he keeps it all straight, but there is still more to learn. He will always have more to learn. He wanted to do his fellowship in Interventional Spine and Sports Medicine. During a fellowship, you have the opportunity to work with doctors in your field. You work in their practice as a doctor, and receive special training from them in the specialty you are seeking.
Fellowships are hard to come by. It takes a lot of work to secure them. Jonathan has worked very hard the last 8 years, and deserved everything he wanted. You see I don’t think he deserves it only because he is good at what he does. He deserves it because no matter what he faced in his medical career; he put his family first. I am hear to tell you that because he put his family first, Heavenly Father was willing to bless him with his desires.
And so the story of how Jonathan has been blessed with the fellowship he so desired:
Jonathan started applying to fellowships. As he did this, he only applied to programs West of Arkansas. We were ready to be a little closer to home. Soon after he applied, we received word from a practice in Utah, and 3 in Phoenix. Great!! All a little closer to home. I was ecstatic; so was our family.
He interviewed with the group in Utah and immediately knew it wasn’t the practice for us. We started looking forward to his time in Phoenix, I started preparing for our move closer to family, a temple, and a greater concentration of LDS church members. When I say this, I mean literally, I envisioned us in Phoenix. Picking places to live. Telling my family it was a very short drive. Finding the best school districts.
I even made a deal with Heavenly Father. “Heavenly Father”, I said, “I promise to go to the temple once a month, if you can help us secure a job in Phoenix.” The temple is a very special place for LDS church members. We long to go there. Many of us have to drive hours to the nearest temple. If I lived in Phoenix, it would be a very short drive to the nearest temple.
Before his first interview in Phoenix, he was reviewing the list of fellowships and one stuck out to him in bold letters. One he had not applied to. He called this program, and asked if he could send them a resume. They politely told him that they had filled all their interview spots. Before hanging up, Jonathan then asked if he could mail it anyway. The lady replied, “sure, sometimes we have a cancellation and are able to fit you in.” Jonathan then sent his resume to a state that is not West of Arkansas. I don’t think he even told me.
Several weeks later, after returning home from his first Phoenix interview, he is so excited. He loved the owners of the practice, and enjoyed being in Phoenix. I was so elated. They were to make their decision on September 15th.
Two more Phoenix interviews to go, and then; he got an email from that practice EAST of Arkansas. They loved his resume, and had made room for him. They set the dates for the 19th and 20th. PERFECT!! We will have heard from the Phoenix fellowship before he even has to go to the Eastern Interview. Then on Monday the 12th, Jonathan has the feeling to call the East and ask if everything is still in order for his interviews on the 19th and 20th. The woman replies, “excuse me?’ She then gets this sorrowful sound in her voice as she realizes she has given Jonathan the wrong dates. They too are making their decision on September 15th. She needed him to come on the 13th and 14th. That is tomorrow.
To make a long story short, they agreed to interview him on the 14th and 15th(decision day), because of their mistake. Jonathan flew out the next day. He had an amazing interview on the 14th, and when he called me that evening, I knew. I knew that we were not moving to the warm weather. I could hear it in his voice. He knew also. He had not yet been offered the job, but he knew in his heart that he would be.
I went to bed that night, telling God that I would go where he wanted me to go. Even though I had promised to go to the temple once a month, he reassured me that this would be even better for our family. I also felt these words enter my mind, “all your losses with be compensated.” That meant to me, the blessings of the temple, the church members in numerous amount, the warm weather, and being so close to family, will be compensated for by some other wonderful blessing.
“I will go where you want me to go”, were the last words uttered in my prayer.
The next morning, after just one hour of being at the practice, Jonathan was offered the job. Then just minutes later, received an email that he did not receive the position in Phoenix. The practice in the East has so much more to offer Jonathan, and for that we are grateful. It is an accredited Sports Medicine Fellowship which is such a prestigious award for a practice to have. The practice itself is amazing, with so many wonderful features. It has so much to offer Jonathan, including time spent as the team physician for the minor league baseball team. Which is a dream in itself. None of the Phoenix fellowships could offer that to him. It is also a very hard fellowship to come by. This practice interviewed close to 50 applicants, and reviewed over 70 applications. They offered it to 3 people. See how Heavenly Father can make all your dreams come true?
I am so thankful that Jonathan saw it there in BOLD. I am thankful that regardless of what we think is best, Heavenly Father always knows better. I am grateful that he took the time to nudge our family in the right direction with subtle and sometimes not so subtle promptings. I am also thankful that Heavenly Father rewarded Jonathan for all he has done right, by blessing him with something he felt he deserved. This is one of those moments that we really felt God’s love.
…and I think I have kept you waiting long enough. The practice that is East of Arkansas is located in:
York, Pennsylvania. Start date: July 2012
For more information about the practice you can visit it here:
…and just because I can’t post with out a few pictures, here are a few of my sweet babies that are still at home during the day. The rugrats that I spend every minute with. This is one morning spent outside with their shades on.
Don’t they look cool?