I have a dream. I have a dream to become a counselor for children and families. This is a dream that I have had on the inside of me since 2015. And I am now in school, hoping for this dream to come to pass in my lifetime.
~”And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions.”~Joel 2:28, NIV~
The hand of God is on my life and has led me to return to Liberty University to get my third Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. You may be reading this and wondering, “Why would you go back to school to get your third Master of Arts degree?” The answer to this question is short and simple: to bring healing, help, and hope to the hurting.
I want to be the hands and feet of Christ to the hurting and show them that they do not have to remain stuck. I want to show people that Christ is the way out of the darkness and that the only way to get help is to enter into the light. That light is the light of Jesus Christ.
I recently had a vision. The Lord took me to heaven, in that vision. In that vision, I saw me, as a counselor and advisor and that the hands of God put me there in the eternal so that I could have clear vision of what my purpose is on earth: to become a counselor.
Looking back and reflecting on that vision that I had recently, I know that the Lord’s purpose for me is simple and plain: to become a counselor.
I remember when I went on a medical missions trip to Uganda several months ago in 2019. When I returned from that medical missions trip, I announced, as a part of my testimony to my Sunday School class at my church, that going on that medical missions trip was life-changing in that it made my vision clear: to become a counselor.
That Fall 2019, I went back to school to study with Liberty University’s online program so that I can become a licensed professional counselor (LPC)….Sarah A. Dickens, LPC. I am now in the 2nd semester of the program and am set to graduate in December 2021. I have not forgotten of the reason that God put me on this earth, as explained in the vision I had recently, so I strive toward that high calling and hold fast to it, in Jesus’ Name.
I won’t give up this dream up to Satan and certainly won’t let him swallow me or devour my dream up. This dream shall give birth. The vision I had is simple and plain and I am writing out my vision and making it plain in my journal as I continue to pray and have faith that this too shall pass.
~”And the LORD answered me: “Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so he may run who reads it.”~Habakkuk 2:2, ESV~
The task ahead of me won’t be easy. But, I shall press on. I will go through trial after trial to test my patience and willingness to wait for my dream to come to pass. But, I shall press forward. My part to step out on faith to make my dream happen is up to me. But, the rest is up to God.
I shall not want. I will cease striving and know that Jesus is Lord of my life and of my dream to become a counselor.