I love my job!
Some people wonder how I can sit and listen to people's problems, the atrocities of life and the effects of evil all day long; day in and day out for the last 29 years without getting depressed, burned out or overwhelmed.
BUT, that's really not what I do. As a Christian counselor, who uses the Holy Spirit as the great counselor, I get to watch God at work each day. The problems are just a launching pad for the God of the impossibilies to show up and act on behalf of the person. And not only that, I get to learn, grow, and be healed right along with my clients! (Shhhh, don't tell, or I might not get paid!)
Recently in a session, a client made the comment, "Well, I guess God can use me. I'm not that bad." As a result, God led me to share Psalm 139 with her.
You have searched me, Lord, and know me. 2 You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. 3 You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways.
God knows us. God is thinking about us. God understands us!
13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. 14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
God is involved in our lives and created us not only uniquely, but purposefully!
Relating this scripture in a personal way allowed her to see that God had made her unique for His purpose and reason. How incredible to think that he knows her that deeply and intimately! Isn't it amazing that God thought her up to be 'just who she is' for Him (and the same is true for you and me)! He does all this for His glory and enjoyment, and her fulfillment. Wow!
As I continued to share, I said out loud, "I've always questioned why verses 19-22 are in that Psalm?"
19 O God, if only you would destroy the wicked! Get out of my life, you murderers! 20 They blaspheme you; your enemies misuse your name. 21 O Lord, shouldn't I hate those who hate you? Shouldn't I despise those who oppose you? 22 Yes, I hate them with total hatred, for your enemies are my enemies.
Why did David have to break into this love letter with a diatribe on hate, evil and slaying the wicked? It just seemed distasteful to me.
Yet, knowing God had a purpose, I kept asking why? That day God gave me the 'why' as I prayed for my client over Psalm 139. Out of my mouth, unbeknownst to me, came the answer...
"Thank you God, that no evil and no enemy can steal from her what You have ordained." Which means no evil can take away her true identity in You (God) or steal Your (God's) purpose for her life.
That was the 'why"! What a HUGE Revelation!
There will be evil that tries to steal or destroy what God has ordained for us to have!
As I continued to pray; MORE revelation from verses 23-24!
23 Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. 24 Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.
Evil CANNOT steal our true identity or our life purpose, if we allow God to renew our hearts and minds.
As a counselor, I know that it's not the problems that define us or change the course of our lives. It is how we deal with the problems, and what we believe about them and ourselves that set the course. We have choice in that!
Healing, wholeness and freedom is the intent God has for all of us. We are to walk in His everlasting ways, and bring Him Glory here on earth through being 'just who He made us to be'! He is more than able to accomplish this if we let Him!
Oh, how I love my job! As God was healing my client with His truth that day, I was getting uplifted, encouraged and edified! Nothing can separate us from the love of God and His purposes for us. My faith grew as He spoke His truth deeper into me that day.
How about you? Do you believe what He says in Psalm 139 about who you are and the purpose for your life?