Moving to a new place can be exhilarating and scary at the same time. After a lot of prayer and consideration and more prayer, I accepted a new call at Trinity Lutheran in Vermillion. My husband agreed that the town could be a good fit for us (of course, he is biased since he is a USD alum '91) and we made plans for this next step in life. Once we decided this move was going to happen, we looked for a house (exciting and scary), researched things to do in the community (exciting), and we imagined how our furniture might fit into rooms that were new to us (exciting).
Moving to a new place can be exhilarating and scary at the same time. As we began to say our "goodbyes" to people we had come to know and love, anxiety levels heightened. Life was fairly comfortable, and we were about to disrupt that comfort with a new congregation to know, a new community with whom to become acquainted, and a whole new set of traditions to learn.
For instance: what would be the challenges that face me in the new position? How will I find good doctors and dentists? And where will I get my hair done? (Ladies, you know how important that decision can be.) There was also some trepidation about being accepted as a new leader within a community of so many capable people. Like a tidal wave, we rode the momentum of this uncertainty all the way to town. And as a person of faith, I trusted that God would guide all our "going out and coming in."
Moving to a new place can be exhilarating and scary at the same time. I imagine we all experience some tension when the furniture in our house gets re-arranged. We might even stub our toes in the middle of the night while navigating our way through darkened hallways. When Jesus comes and preaches a new thing, I feel like the furniture in my head gets rearranged, too. A new space is being created for me by the work of the Holy Spirit, and it takes a while for me to catch my bearings.
In my first 30 days, I have experienced:
1) Locking my keys in my office and not knowing where an extra set is located.
2) Being unprepared for garbage pickup since that happens on a different day of week.
3) Missing a meeting because the calendar is double- booked.
And have had the pleasure of:
1) Officiating a wedding for a couple who clearly love God and one another.
2) Presiding over communion so people can hear that God's gifts are "for you."
3) Delving into scripture with men and women and children who long for a deepened relationship with Christ.
Jesus says to us, "Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom." (Luke 12:32) No matter where we are in life, no matter what our resources, God has promised us a new thing – God's own kingdom. This "new thing" doesn't come to us by status and important titles, holding tightly to "the way we've always done it," or throwing out tradition simply to do something trendy. New life, God's kingdom, Jesus' forgiveness, and the Holy Spirit are yours through a resurrected Jesus – given for you. Enjoy your new space! Scary, yes, but also exhilarating …