Growing up, my three sisters played a big part in my walk with God. I recall praying to Him before bed and when life was tough I would cry out to Him about my daily struggles as a 7-year-old from a well-to-do family in the most liveable city in the world. As comical as that may seem, it was the start of a habit that lead to countless blessings. My favourite blessing was the offer into medical school.

During high school, after guidance from my parents, and from stories from my sisters who were practising in the field, and of course, a little prayer, I decided that I wanted to pursue medicine. I realised that I could help people in need where quality health care is not so accessible, like rural areas and in the third world. I believe that was what God called me to do.

Upon arrival of my year twelve exams results, I was devastated knowing that my score was not the cream of the crop which meant my chances of getting into medical school was zero to none. Believing that medicine was what I needed to study, I applied to all medical schools that I wanted to get into, but I knew only God could help me now. I had prayed, fasted, and reminded God of His promises that were laid out in the bible. I had asked God for just one medical school to accept me.

To my surprise, UQ’s medical school ended up being the only university that offered me a spot. And still to this day, I know no one in the school with an exam score nearly as low as mine.

In Judges 7:2, “The Lord said to Gideon, you have too many warriors with you. If I let all of you fight the Midianites, the Israelites will boast to me that they saved themselves by their own strength.” In the chapter, you will see that Gideon and his army of 300 were victorious in the battle against the 135,000 enemies. The main point of this chapter is to show that God can lead you to successes against all odds. In light of this, and from hindsight of my personal story, I am convinced that God will use me despite what I have or do not have. Whether it be thousands of years ago, or even in the 21st century, God still operates in the same powerful and mysterious way.

I encourage you to develop that habit of crying out to God whenever your circumstances are working against you, and to trust in his goodness when you pray.
Luke 11:10, “For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”

Jesse
Medical student
UQ1

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