When I went to my campus mailbox today, I found two notices indicating that I had packages waiting for me. I often get these salmon-colored slips of paper when I have a piece of mail too large to fit into my box so I honestly didn’t expect anything great when I entered the mailroom to exchange these slips for said packages. I thought they were probably just some oversized Annual Conference mailings or some other equally enthralling pamphlet to cure my insomnia. <Insert huge sigh here>.
You can imagine my delight and surprise then when I discovered that there were two large boxes addressed to me – one from a dear friend; the other from one of my parishioners. <Insert big grin here>. Woohoo! I thanked the student working in the mailroom today and quickly gathered the boxes in my arms. I couldn’t imagine why either one of these folks was sending me a package, but I couldn’t wait to open them. I got back to my room and tore open the first box – a lovely graduation gift from my friend. It was very sweet of her to think of me and I am so very grateful for her kindness and friendship. The next package from my parishioner, however, blew me away. Inside was a beautiful handmade quilt wall-hanging, and in the pocket on the backing of the quilt there was a note with the following inscription:
Life is an Ocean Wave
Sometimes gentle, smooth, pleasant
Sometimes churning, forceful, agitated
But never too much for God to handle
Life is an Ocean Wave. Hmmm, that’s for sure. And sometimes it feels like one is about to be overtaken by that wave! As the United Methodist Church July 1 appointment date approaches, I am nervous that I have not yet received a new appointment in East Ohio where I have been serving during my time in seminary. Though I know within the very depths of my being that I am called to be a pastor and I trust that God would not have brought me this far on the journey to abandon me now, admittedly I am quite anxious. I know there is still time … and the Cabinet is not yet done its work, but I am also working on a Plan B … just in case. J
Life is an Ocean Wave … But never too much for God to handle. Wow. In the midst of this wave, I am so grateful for the prayers, love and support of my family, friends and parishioners … and for the Presence of the One who both created and stilled the wavy waters. This quilt is a tangible reminder of that – what an awesome gift!
Until next time, peace …