Thursday, October 06, 2005

Day by day

Things are going about the same as they always are. I am learning to take things in stride, neither giving things too much or too little significance. Such is the stuff of life, I guess.

My new job doesn't feel so new anymore, and I am getting the hang of things. I enjoy my job, and I enjoy the people I work with, and that makes all the difference in the world. I have considered transferring to another position which might allow me to utilize my skills more, but if I remain in my current position for awhile yet, it wouldn't bother me in the least. I am happy where I am.

I am meeting some interesting people on the job, too. I had a good discussion with one of our security guards, who is a retired cop. He encouraged me to pursue my interest in criminal justice, as he sees a need for more female police officers. He told me that when he first met me, he knew there was something more to me than what he saw. He said he could see it in my eyes, in my face, in the whole way I present myself. He said it was "all over me". That was encouraging to hear. He and I talked for quite awhile, he encouraged me to continue with school and to hang in there and see it through to the end. It was just good to talk to someone who could give me an "inside" perspective on a field I have some interest in, and who expressed some confidence that I could actually do something productive in that field.

I also talked with another security guard (not sure why, but I seem to connect with the security guards...ha!), and he and his wife have been dealing with the mental health agency I left back in May. He expressed to me some of the frustration they have been experiencing in dealing with the agency, and he shared with me that their experiences here have been a difficult adjustment after what they were accustomed to in their home state. As we talked, he assured me that I was not imagining the problems with the care provided by the agency, and he expressed many of the same concerns I had. He also assured me that mental health care is not like that everywhere, and that if I were to move to his home state, I would be well qualified to work in their programs. Again, it was encouraging to know that I did not just imagine the things I became so concerned about, and that I am by no means the only one who sees that there are very real problems with the agency and the care they provide.

I think God is placing people in my life to give me affirmation to stay the course. I do not doubt that I am moving in the right direction, but it is also good to hear encouragement from those who have travelled the road before. Again, I see God's sovereignty at work. I believe that I am exactly where I need to be, for reasons I have only begun to see. These two security guards have no idea how major their role has been in unveiling God's purposes in my life.

I am again left with nothing to say, except that God is GOOD, ALL THE TIME!

Food for the journey - little blessings along the way. ;)
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