We four hustled this morning packing lunch, books and whatnot (of course, I had my small desk fan in tow amidst the computer, books, and other academic paraphernalia). The day started with a campus wide rally and worship and rally. Clearly a profound sense of fun and family permeated the event! It was delightful! Then a staff meeting and new faculty orientation. Immediately Marci and I were brought on board. What impressed was, despite the chaos and stress of the semester start, there was a clear sense of hard work -- a climate of support and encouragement among staff and students alike.
Back in our offices, when chatting with Marci about the things before us, I experienced the full weight of God's hand in all of this.....and wept at the miracle that is Him. We talked with another MFT here regarding Marci's counseling and I was able to begin to help shape things, by creating a first draft of a referral form. It is releaving to see the possibilities for clinical hours for Marci begin to materialize.
My first night of class was a surprise! I hear Steve S. saying in our long ago meeting in California (when he and Dave came to talk with us): "flexibility, flexibility, flexibility" An hour before class I discovered my room full of students and food ready to celebrate for the opening night event. Once that was straightened out, I found myself with my class of three. Things didn't go as planned, so we were unable to do the first night recording. We agreed on breaking early and havee a longer class on Wednesday! What a delight the class was! I began to go over the syllabus, and felt a check in my spirit. Instead I gave a testimony speaking about God's hand in bringing me here. This opened up a great discussion and led seamlessly into the teaching for the night using our genuine exchange as the focus of "interviewing" skills. Yes it was a true delight!
Steve S. has gone to Palau (Dave leaves tomorrow). While Steve is there he and Anne have generously loaned us their car--a quirky Rav4 that requires getting in and putting the key in the ignition -- within 30 seconds of unlocking the door or the alarm will go off! Try doing that in the dark!! I am bringing my headlamp for Wednesday night's class!!!
So I've driven at night and day now and mercifully have survived! PTL! Here is today's video.