Every since Joe and I met, he has been a student working on his Phd is Geophysics. The past five years have been quite an adventure to say the least. An internship in Midland which meant 3 months long distance….Multiple trips to Alaska to collect data…Hours spent writing and submitting papers for publication. I’ve spent countless hours on a 30-year old couch in the SMU geology lab while Joe slaved away working to achieve his goal. Tomorrow, he will walk across the stage at Moody Colosseum and be hooded, officially becoming Dr. Joseph Batir (but sadly not a rapper which is what it sounds like). What seems like the ending of one adventure is really the beginning of another and as excited as we are, it’s scary!
Joe and I have been clinging to Proverbs 16:9 these last few months: In his heart, man plans his course but the Lord determines his steps. Joe knows what he wants to do and we know where we want to be but, with an industry that was is crisis just a year ago, getting there won’t be easy. We ultimately don’t have control of a lot of things: what job Joe will have, if we will be able to stay in Dallas, what our income is going to look like, etc. We have to trust that God’s plan for us is far better than our plan. He is not surprised by downturns and recessions. He isn’t surprised by delayed graduation and few available opportunities. In fact, He knew these were the situations we would be facing at this very moment in our lives. The great unknown is scary but it is also full of amazing opportunities and adventures and there is no one I’d rather be adventuring with than my husband, Dr. Joe (working on his theme song.. stay tuned!). So here is to new adventures!