Walking by Faith
Tuesday, September 06, 2011
I have come to a place where I must make a decision. I am at the crossroads of keeping a well-paying job where I seem to be valued, and logging 400 hours as a clinical intern so that I can apply for licensure as an LGPC (licensed graduate professional counselor). It would be difficult, although not impossible, to do both, but my HR manager has not yet decided whether she will accommodate the hours I presented. I've known that this day will eventually be here and mentally I am prepared for it, although financially I'm not, and this is creating some angst. However, amidst this anxiety, there is a stream of hope flowing through and telling me to have faith, God has my back.
Recently I found an opportunity to earn some money as a transcriber. Although it will not replace my current salary, I signed a contract, and during my conversation with the person in charge, I found out that she also facilitated a radio program addressing domestic violence. As we discussed her venture, she invited me to be a guest on her show. I had no idea that this opportunity was even there when I accepted the transcribing contract, but God did, and I believe that this meeting was not by chance; it happened on purpose. And so I accepted her invitation and will be on her show this Friday at 6:00 p.m. I can also participate in two workshops that relate to the program, or I may create my own if that is my preference. I'm so excited by all of this, since I know it will provide the exposure I need to begin my practice. And as I reflect on the happenings of the last few days, I can see the hand of God guiding me through.
Hebrews 11 talks about a faith walk and everyone who made it into that chapter did so because of their faith. I am learning to walk by faith, being ever mindful of God's promise never to desert me. I don't expect to immediately duplicate my income with the ventures currently before me, but maybe that's not what is important. Maybe like the Israelites in the desert, God will provide my daily supply of manna to sustain me until I fulfill my career goal, namely to be a pastoral counselor. I have been working very hard to achieve this, and although I seem to be at an impasse now, I plan to step out of my way and let God lead me on. It is time that I begin walking by faith, and I believe I am ready to do so.