The next several weeks for me are arguably to be the most impacting of my life, with two major events steadily moving towards the present.
The first would be possibly one of the hardest tests I will ever have to take – the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) exam. Ninety minutes of heart-pumping and brain-stretching questions with the aim of being an industry certified computer networking engineer. I’ve been studying for weeks just to learn the material. Everything from the OSI Seven Layer Model to Wide Area Networks to IPv6 will be covered on this man-eater of a test. As an even added stress, my employer will only reimburse the two hundred fifty dollars I used to pay if I pass.
However intimidating this test may be, it can’t compare to what will be happening the first half of September. My wife is having a baby boy. I cannot wait for when I can hold my son in my arms. In spite of the rush of being a new parent, I at the same time can’t deny that this will also be a very stressful and difficult season. While I have a three year-old daughter and am not completely without parenting experience, newborns are not something I’m accustomed to. Bringing a newborn into the world is entirely different than raising a preschooler, one that will have implications not only for me but the rest of my family as well.
It’s in these times that verses like Romans 8:28 provide comfort for my anxious soul. I have God’s written promise that no matter what happens, it will be according to His will for the purposes of my good and His glory. What greater serenity can befall the man who realizes this?