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Saturday, August 4, 2012

Smiling at God's Goodness

As I opened up a special package that came in the mail today, I had a flashback from about a year ago. It was a reminder that God gives good things and sometimes the desires of our heart when we least expect it! Not only did it remind me of how God delights in giving His children good things, He also allows some of our desires to be fulfilled- in His timing. I felt I should share, since it is also an update on what's been happening in my life as well!

Before I explain what was in the package, I want to go back in time, to last year- 2011. It was probably around this season in 2011 that I had expressed an interest in becoming a certified Christian counselor. I distinctly remember telling my parents what I longed to do- to benefit those at the pregnancy center. I saw a great need for professional counseling that was free, not just counseling though- Christian counseling. In our area, there are very few areas that offer free professional counseling, and next to none that offer free Christian counseling. And let me tell you, there are plenty of people who need free counseling! I had this burden and desire, but the cost was expensive. Disappointed, I decided to wait on it, and that was that. Now fast forward in time to about a month ago. I believe it was after I had talked to a young woman who had experienced the death of a baby that I again experienced that same burden. I remember talking to my mom afterwards and explaining that perhaps someone would pay for me to be a certified counselor, that I should ask them if they'd be willing to pay. *Note: This wasn't just a random rich individual, it was a specific person whom I knew would not consider it rude to ask about this matter. Don't worry, I won't ever go up to you and ask for money!* Mom had said no, that it wouldn't work, and it was best not to ask. They wouldn't consider it because their agenda was different from mine- goal-wise. So I dropped it, a little disappointed, and then didn't think about it again, that is until I was talking with that individual one day when the mail came. As I came in with the mail, she was busy, so I distracted myself with looking through the mail. As I looked through the mail, one piece in particular caught my eye. It was an ad for Christian coaching certification online. I briefly looked at it, and once she finished whatever it was that had distracted her, she said, "Are you interested in that?" I looked up, kind of puzzled she would ask that and said "Yes." She then proceeded to say she would be willing to pay for it, since the course was on sale for a limited time. I was shocked, excited, and couldn't believe it! I didn't even ask her about it, she had no clue of my burden for certification for a long time, she knew nothing at all about it. Yet she asked and then provided. I knew this was all of the Lord. Only God could orchestrate something like this. He knew my heart, though she didn't know mine. Even though coaching is different from counseling- it's a step in the right direction!

All that to say that that was exactly what I was thinking of when I opened my package in the mail. It was the workbook and DVDs for Grief & Loss coaching certification. God reminded me that He had provided for yet another desire in life. I am reminded that despite my wretchedness and ungratefulness, God continues to bless me with certain desires of my heart, no matter how little they may be. Even though life can be tough at times, I am indeed blessed, and I cannot deny that.I am excited to begin this new step in life- hoping to eventually be certified in other areas of coaching and possibly counseling for the benefit of others to help the hurting, for free.

Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. (Psa 37:4 ESV)

You open your hand; you satisfy the desire of every living thing.
(Psa 145:16 ESV)