It has been a LONG haul to finally be called Doctor. Eight years after high school and then you begin your residency. He has studied LONG hours and poured over books and listened to lectures --every hour of the day. He has studied the cadaver --every nook and cranny was examined. He literally has followed all the rules, studied all the books and jumped through all the hoops to fill his head with the knowledge and know how to be a doctor. My strong hunch is that he really began to learn how to be a doctor when he started treating the patients--living-breathing people-listening to them, testing them, learning all about them, and then pouring a portion of all he had learned into treating them. That is when he REALLY started being a doctor---when that alive-breathing-conscious being was in front of him.
This reminds me of us Believers---we can read and memorize the book, follow all the rules, serve all the needy, and even enter into fellowship and worship with our fellow believers---BUT until we stop our busyness--put down the books---enter the solitary sanctuary with ONLY HIM---we may not ever enjoy that one on one relationship that marks the beginning of not just being "A Believer" but also "A Knower". We have to talk to Him, be still and listen for Him, look for Him, and begin to understand Who He is---a Living God--and then we are on the path of being "A Knower"---WHAT JOY!
"Be still and KNOW that I am God."