Money has gotten a little tight around here with MPH tuition soaring, marriages of even pets (or so it seems) to attend, and a lady friend to keep happy. Naturally, I decided to take the initiative and look for avenues of supplemental income. This pursuit took me straight to the announcement board outside the bathrooms near md labs (this is synonymous with the study dungeons where loud vents pump what you hope is air into a room that echoes the barks of research dogs pleading cries as desperately as the gingerbread man in Shrek). There I found destiny: a two-drug study of an anti-retroviral and an anti-tuberculosis medication to see the pharmacokinetics of the two drugs’ interactions in healthy patients. “How perfect could this be?” I wondered, thinking of my interests in infectious disease and this possibility of “adding” to the body of knowledge about treating HIV+ patients infected with TB.
Though my “dream” opportunity has arisen to make a fast $1,225, I’m stuck here wondering, “Is it worth it?” Is it worth yet to possibly pee orange? Is it worth it to possibly build resistant to some of the most potent drugs available (aka am I setting myself up for trouble if I ever do get something pretty nasty in the future)? Is it worth it to take charge and clutch what seems to be a good fit without first consulting Him?
The pastor preached about the difference between the world’s reaction to life’s difficulties and the disciples reaction the other day. His sermon illuminated many things for me and convicted me that, like this study, I often rush to do what I think should be done, to plan for the challenge, to prepare for adversity. But I forget to pray for His will….
The promise: “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” – Acts 1:8 (The global solution: A God for all)
Awe-struck: “Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight. And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel, who also said, ‘Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven.'” – Acts 1:9-11 (sometimes it takes Godly interventions to prod us out of inertia, into action)
Godly “planning” = praying: “Then they returned to Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is near Jerusalem, a Sabbath’s day’s journey. And when they had entered, they went up into the upper room where they were staying: Peter, James, John, and Andrew; Philip and Thomas; Bartholomew and Matthew; James the son of Alphaeus and Simon the zealot; and Judas the son of James. These all continued with one accord in prayer and supplication, with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with His brothers.” – Acts 1:12-14
I’m attempting to memorize Deuteronomy 6, fellas, and would appreciate your encouragement/accountability. Here’s what I have so far:
“These are the commands, decrees, and laws the Lord your God directed me to teach you to observe in the land that you are crossing the Jordan to inherit, so that you, your children, and their children after them may fear the Lord your God…”
It’s not much, but it is a start. Test on Friday, so pray for God to still come first (please).