All along the way of my interview process with the Christian Counseling Center I was seeing really good things. I was sensing a genuine faith in the people who were interviewing me. I noticed a depth in the individuals I met and an authentic fellowship among the counselors there, not only toward me but among one another. This has proven true as I have assimilated more into the routines and gotten to know more and more people. My supervision group is excellent, and I have learned a lot already from those around me.
Recently at a staff meeting we heard from the psychiatrist who is associated with our center. He gave a short 15 minute background of his life and career, which was basically a testimony of God’s guidance in his life. He was very open about his journey and decision to submit his life and career to the lordship of Jesus. At this particular meeting we also celebrated birthdays for all the people who were born in the month of June. One person has the privilege to affirm and lift up each individual’s strengths in front of the group, and another person has the privilege of praying for them and truly lifting them up before the Lord on behalf of all those who are present.
I sat there thinking to myself . . . how in the world have I ended up in this chair, surrounded by such wonderful Christian professionals? How is it that the most ideal situation for me personally and professionally has landed in my lap in California? This job is exactly what I wanted, and I would have never guessed a place like this existed 20 minutes from South Bay church in the Silicon Valley of all places. Isn’t this where all the lost people are? Oh for sure. They are everywhere, but so is the presence of God in a very real way.
Starting a counseling career comes with a high price tag. Literally. You sacrifice a lot, especially in the beginning, and you don’t make much at all. But what a blessing that I can do it in a place where I feel a genuine partnership in the Spirit with the people I work with. Thank you God for this blessing.