Several months ago, I flew home to Louisiana to visit my parents. At some point, I was catching mom up on all the latest happenings at Restoration Place. At that time, I was in the process of interviewing for both a full-time Clinical Supervisor and Counselor position, as well as completing the up-fit and decorating of our recently added office space. She asked me if I ever just sat back and thought about all the Lord has done over the last 8 ½ years. Sadly, I had to tell her that I don’t—or, at least, not nearly as often as I should. My tendency is to get so bogged down in the day-to-day operations that I lose sight of the bigger picture.
As Executive Director, the sustainability and viability of the organization rests most prominently on my shoulders. In short, my desk is the place where the proverbial rubber meets the road. Because of this (and likely because, as its founder, I’m also very emotionally tied to this organization), my vision gets tunneled on thoughts like how many donors do we still need to meet our annual budget, how many grant rejection letters have we received versus grant acceptance letters, how far behind I am on fundraising and event planning… and on and on it goes. Not only am I guilty of not stopping to remember all that the Lord has done since 2005, but I confess that I am also guilty of not stopping to recognize and remember all that He is doing today—no matter if the budget numbers are where they need to be or not. For a “glass-half-full” kind of gal in all other aspects of my life, fear of the ‘what if’ often consumes my cognitions when it comes to the success of Restoration Place.
In light of all this, what happened in the check-out line at Wal-Mart last night was a welcome remembrance of all that God has done, is doing, and will continue to do, if I will but trust Him. Waiting for the cashier to finish with the customer in front of me, I noticed a woman walk up behind me. We did the friendly smile thing. She looked familiar, but I couldn’t place where I knew her from. About that moment, she said: “You may think this is weird, but I go to Restoration Place, and I just want to tell you what a blessing it is and how grateful I am for it.” She went on to share that her daughter receives individual counseling there, she and her husband are receiving marital counseling, and over the past year, she and her husband (who are in ministry) have referred “at least 10 to 20 others” to Restoration Place. The conversation probably only lasted a minute, not more than two. But this brief exchange was plenty long enough to remind me that the Lord is doing amazing things at RPM that reach far beyond any influence I might be able to exert. He is responsible for the true success that is being manifest in the life of this woman and many, many others just like her. And if I will remember this simple yet profound truth, then the burden of sustaining the organization from an operational perspective will become much, much lighter.
Recounting God’s hand at work in our lives and circumstances brings great encouragement to our souls and strength to continue to trust Him in the days ahead. What do you need to remember today?
“But then I recall all you have done, O Lord;
I remember your wonderful deeds of long ago.
They are constantly in my thoughts.
I cannot stop thinking about your mighty works.” (Psalm 77:11-12)