The last few weeks have been some of the most challenging and stressful that I’ve ever experienced. With the world as I knew it swirling around me, I’m finding it more and more difficult to stay afloat and continue to survive.
I’ve contemplated what the future will hold for me in the next coming months. I feel that so much is on the line that I’m finding it difficult to make the right and only logical decision.
I feel that I have lost the world that I’ve lived in for the last five years. Changes that have surprised me and faith that has shaken me, I have but one hope. And even that hope looks dim and worn.
But, this hope is worth holding on to. This hope, although dim and worn, is the only thing left.
I was listening to a song by the Counting Crows the other day. The chorus goes:
Don’t it always seem to go
That you don’t know what you got `till it’s gone
They paved paradise and put up a parking lot
Why does this song ring so true for me?
Well, when I started this journey six or so weeks ago, I began it with the hope and expectation that I would heal in time to return to staff. That is no longer the case. It grieved me to make the decision, but my counselor didn’t think that things would be resolved in three months. So, with great sadness, I have left my staff position at Maryland Christian Fellowship and resigned my position with Great Commission Ministries.
Even though this decision grieves me, I think it is the best decision. This will allow me to get the healing I need without the ticking clock of three months and it will allow me to experience my difficulties slowly.
Things are going well with my counselor. I feel like we’re getting to the root of some my issues. It started in one place and it has crossed into a deeper area. I feel like my counselor really understands what’s going on. What he’s great at is really challenging me. I didn’t want a counselor who would just listen; I wanted one that would look me in the eye and tell me, “You’re wrong” or “That’s not biblical” or “God wants you to heal first.” I appreciate him for that.
I’ve taken a lot of his advice to heart. In fact, I’m trying to be a bit more bold with my emotions instead of holding them back. I took a huge risk with someone yesterday, and I think I did well.
I’ve started working at Circuit City and they are in the mist of deciding to hire me full-time. I’ll know by the end of the week whether they will or not. I’m praying that they can meet my salary requirements.
That hope has gotten a little brighter.