By Molly Gathright, M.D.
I took this photo, now almost four years ago, on a trip to the Grand Canyon, and I call it “Light after the Storm.” During a morning hike in the Canyon, a very large and unexpected thunderstorm suddenly appeared and caught us by surprise. We waited out the storm while sheltering under a rock overhang. As soon as the storm had passed, the amazing light shining through the clouds captivated us. That light brought beauty and color to everything around us, providing yet another perspective of the splendor of the Canyon.
Over the past four years there have been numerous times that this photo has come to mind–each time when reflecting on a “storm” I was facing—whether personal or professional. So, not surprising while recently reflecting on the “storm” that we all have been facing with the public health crisis of a pandemic, this photo, once again, came to mind. For me, it personifies hope. It reminds me to continue with watchful waiting for the light that will appear after this storm, and it serves as a reminder to pause and take time to notice the glimpses of light every day in the work that each of us are doing. My hope is that others can be inspired and encouraged by that light and will take the time to pause and find their own glimpses of light in each day. I am grateful for the light that others often share with me, and because of that, I know the sun will continue to break through the clouds and shine.
“The Heavens declare the glory of GOD, and the sky above proclaims His handiwork.” –Psalm 19:1
Molly Gathright, M.D., is the Associate Dean for Graduate Medical Education in the College of Medicine at UAMS.