Currently, my husband is sitting in a hotel room pouring over his computer and study books, making final preparations to take the first part of dental boards. It may seem too soon to take something so important, but many of his classmates have already done so. Thankfully, the people who make the dental board tests have allowed students to take the first part of boards at the end of their first year of dental school. This is because after the first year, students have been through most, if not all of the material that is presented in the first part of boards.
Even so, it is nerve-racking. I'm sure Joseph has nothing to be worried about. I've seen how diligent he has been over the past few weeks, taking time out of his normal studying schedule and time away from friends to study the way he needs to for this test. He may not think he is prepared, but I know he is.
Just thinking about our different perspectives about his test tomorrow gets me thinking about fear and worry. Some of the things I fear the most are things that Joseph wouldn't even bat an eyelash at, and the same goes for him. What makes us have the fears and worries we have? Some would say that it has to do with whether you're male or female, and while that is true to a certain extent, I think it is more personal than that. Have you ever thought about how no matter what you fear or worry about, there is always someone nearby that can comfort you because they're not afraid? I think that God knew what he was doing when he wired our personalities and emotions. Though sometimes the enemy tries to play into our fears and worries, we can always rely on God's word and the people around us to bring us back to reality.
If you read this today, pray that Joseph will have peace about his test tomorrow. I get knots in my stomach when I think about how much anticipation he must be feeling right now, and I can't imagine how much stress he is under. This time tomorrow, though, he will be free from that stress! Praise the Lord!
Have a blessed Sabbath,