In hindsight I can see that God started in 2018 preparing me for 2020. My business as a massage therapist had taken a pretty hard hit that year. I was questioning whether or not it was time to make a career shift. I spent several months praying, questioning, and struggling with what to do next. During this time, I was contacted by one of my instructors from massage school who I had not spoken with in over 6 years. This man is a strong believer in Jesus, and he said I had been on his mind recently and he wanted me to consider training for a new therapy that was being introduced in my career field. He asked me to pray about it. I did, and the Lord opened the door for me to begin the process of this therapeutic training. I completed the training and became certified in late 2019.
At the same time, my daughter introduced me to the Zacharias Institute and gifted me with a registration to the Core Module. I was scheduled to start that training in February of 2020. I began the Core Module and was thoroughly enjoying it when Covid-19 appeared on the radar. A few weeks later I found myself in quarantine followed by lock down. It was a delight to spend my remaining time in lock down focused on finishing up the Core Module training, but I was really questioning whether the energies I had poured into the therapy training had been a waste of time and finances. I was wishing I had spent those energies elsewhere.
Fast forward to the month of May and our state started to reopen. I expected business to be slow. But much to my surprise, people were not only not hesitant to come for therapy, but were actually desperate for it. I have not had a lack of work since the day I opened back up. I find that at times the work load can be overwhelming.
But the thing that is really sweet to me, is that because of the Core Module training, I am better equipped than ever before to not only minister to hurting bodies, but also to thoughtfully engage with dear ones who are hurting spiritually as well as physically. I am often tired at the end of my day, but I feel a deep sense of gratitude that God has not only provided for me, but has invited me into the work that He so passionately cares about, that of introducing hurting people to the hope found only in Jesus Christ. I don’t “deserve” the honor that I have been given. I am deeply humbled by the privilege.
And as a personal aside, RZIM Connect has been a lifeline of encouragement and personal growth during these months. I am so grateful for this community. God truly cares for a hurting world, and He graciously provides for the deepest longings of our hearts. I thank God that He meets us here, in the midst of 2020, with the beautiful offer of Himself!