Spring 2010 TRINITY Magazine, Career and Calling
Daron Dykema ’99
“Love God, and do what you want.”
For a college student “desperately peering around each corner in search of a dramatic calling to a career in medicine,” Daron Dykema ’99, a then biology major at Trinity, thought the guest lecturer’s statement about God’s calling bordered on insulting.
Dykema had deferred his admission to medical school to spend two semesters completing his Spanish major in Costa Rica and Spain. During that time, he said he was still waiting for a “burning bush” experience. He came to realize toward the end of that semester that God didn’t have a “dramatic” calling planned.
Today Dykema is a family physician in Anchorage, who splits his time between providing care for under-served populations in Alaska and volunteering at a rural hospital in Honduras. “Through prayerful consideration, I determined that the series of opening and closing doors that had led me to medicine was indeed God’s direction on my life,” he said. It was after this that he was struck by the speaker’s comment, and eventually the wisdom of her words became clear.
“She had gone on to say that when one is truly seeking God’s will and direction in life, he will direct our desires such that we will not be content doing anything except his will,” said Dykema. “It became clear to me that my interests, gifts, and talents in science combined with my desire to serve people was God calling me to a career in medicine.”
God’s guidance and direction continued throughout his time at Trinity. Dykema noted the educational foundation in the sciences that prepared him for medical school; the faith community that challenged him in his personal walk; the extracurricular activities that helped him develop leadership skills; and the study abroad experience that gave him a new global perspective.
“Truly, my entire Trinity experience was integral in shaping me as an individual and preparing me for further education and a life of service in medicine.”