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Topic: End (02/13/06)
TITLE: In the End
By Amanda D'costa
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We stood in line outside our college office waiting for our results. It took ten months for the marks to be released and we were already nearing our Class XII exams. I watched the many expressions on the faces of my friends and the tension around grew even more. My mark list finally in hand; a sunken face and a desperate heart took hold of me. I scored 35% in Physics, 37.5% in Chemistry and 48% in Biology. My family felt that I was a disgrace to them, and my friends, well, that’s another question. I couldn’t think of them with more secure futures. There was only a month left before my final exams and I had the option of doing an improvement exam. I had to do something about it and I had to do it fast. That’s when I decided to take the plunge.
On the way to class, I’d stop in church and tell Jesus, “Please give me at least a first class result. Thank you Jesus.” This used to be my daily prayer since my results were out and I felt assured that with my first class result, my seat in medicine was guaranteed. Alas I was in for a big disappointment. I scored exactly 60% marks (not a mark more, not a mark less), but this was not enough for me to get through. I was shattered inside although externally I put up a bold face. Life went on.
I did my graduation in Botany and then my Post Graduate Diploma in Hospital Management. With a spirit often restless, I would find my self wondering whether I was doing anything worthwhile in life.
I married a doctor who eventually did his Post Graduation in Psychiatry. I would always feel for the patients whose cases he would relate to me, and in my own way I would pray for them daily. I would even pray aloud along with some of them whom I got to know personally, and they would trust me enough to bring even the rest of their family members for prayer. These were very enriching experiences for me and eventually I made an outline of the various mental health disorders and fixed days for each – for intercessory prayers.
I would always ask the Lord to reveal His plan for me. I haven’t worked for many years since my kids were born and I often feel a sense of wasting my youth. I’d think about it very often and one day it struck me that I was into medicine after all. My husband would administer the treatment medically while I would pray for them, there by administering God’s healing power through intercession. I was indeed into intercessory medicine! What a revelation! My out look of life was never the same.
Today I pray for many people who are sick. I pray over the phone, I pray while at a hospital, I pray even in the train and boat. Even today, I received the news that my aunt is suffering from a tumor in the brain and needs to be operated. I do my part for her. I intercede on her behalf to the one who is our Mighty Healer, our wonderful, never failing Jesus.
I realized that in the end it is the plan of God that matters.
And I am finally into medicine!
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