Monthly Archives: March 2011

Week 1: And So It Begins

Adventure: Life is unchartered territory. It reveals its story one moment at a time. ~Lew F. Buscaglia

I knew God was up to something huge when Rick first asked if I would consider moving to Minneapolis along with him and several other individuals from the college minsitry we had spent the last six years serving through to plant a church…the spring of 2011 (or so the plan was). My heart sang out with a resounding “YES!”. Minneapolis was one sport that I wanted to end up in — one city (along with Denver, Chicago and New York City) that I had fallen in love with somewhere during the 26 years of my feeble existance.

it wasn’t until six months later that the reality of it all really hit me. October 2010 brought with it a benefit concert for the Vine (rightly named as the church was a new plant, growing off another church and spreading through the city…at least that was the vision and hope). I had invited several people from my old job, hoping that they would come, and I figured it would be best to advice them of my upcoming venture.

My original plan had been to start looking for a job right after the concert – which may have put me in the Twin City area by Christmas. The very thought of moving during the holidays really turned me off as I’m a huge family person. I couldn’t bring myself to leave then…

I opted to wait until after the start of the new year — turns out, I made the right choice. There wasn’t much in the way of opennings prior to 2011.

January brought with it fear, anxiety, impatience, reservations…and more.

Fear and anxiety over what the future held. Impatience with wanting the thing to be started…now. Fear over starting over again….This would be the fifth time I had gone to a new place where I had little, if any, connections, nor was I familiar with my surroundings.

Granted…I had recently discovered that I thrive on change and challenges…I could do this, God willing.

I was ready to leave the world I knew behind – move on. yet, at the same time, I had reservations due to the fact that I had met someone, was building a new friendship with a girl from work, started going back to Celebrate Wesleyan Church and had been thinking about getting involved while I impatiently waited for the transition to be over. Life definitely has a way of surprising you. All reservations turned out to be short-lived and remained with the winter season.

After a one-week period in February, where I didn’t receive one response to the multitude of applications I had sent out in the job issue at hand, I was forced to sign a three month lease to my apartment to keep the rental payment low. Looking back, I could have waited at least one more week (or a couple of days, at least).

Exactly one week after I signed that lease, a series of events unfolded. One temp agency just down the street from where my grandmother lives called, requesting an interview. They conducted one over the phone, a second in person and had a job on the line by the end of that week. That job…was in downtown Minneapolis…one area I wished to work in.

The rest of February and the start of March flew by in a blur, with the rush to find boxes and pack everything up. The job, location and pay weren’t anything I could really turn down. God was opening doors left and right. The only downside, Wells Fargo wanted me to start as soon as possible and I wanted to do right by my current job in Sioux Falls.

I was able to give a one week notice and found myself packing my life up in boxes to be stored at my parents’ garage and trecking up to Minneapolis on a Sunday, only to start downtown the next day.

First time alone in a big city. First experience with metro transit. First walk around downtown without my grandmother holding my hand…I wasn’t eight any more. And, so began this new adventure God has set before me.

I know not where it leads, just that I will follow.

Luke 18:22b “Come, follow me…”

God Moments

Ever have one? They seem to happen in the blink of an eye. If you try holding on, you might discover that there is no stopping time. And, if you’re not paying attention, you just might miss it.

Those moments tend to take my breath away. You are left; your soul raw and this feeling of awe and wonders seeps into the very core of who you are. Words cannot define that
feeling or that moment.

Prior to my move, I found myself at my aunt’s work place: a day services center for both adults and children. Since I hadn’t packed clothing to paint in (I was in town on business and brought attire to go out in), I opted to check out their piano; all the while praying that it would not make my ears bleed the moment I touched it.

Slightly out of tune, it would do. My eyes scanned the room as my heart sinqued itself with God’s (or at least strived to). I saw one of those glass enclosed bird cases in one corner…it was full of beautifully colored birds, silent as could be.

I cracked my knuckles, placed what little music I had brought with me (along with a few blank pages, just in case) and started to play.

Before long, the intro passed and I started singing. Next thing I know, those birds
were singing along.

I felt like a Disney princess for all of 15 minutes. You know, the one that sang
and the birds sand with her? Was it Cinderella or was it Aurora from Sleeping
Beauty? Or both?

I had to stop playing just to listen to them. In that moment, the music wasn’t about me
or the birds. It was all about our Creator and His magnificence. His glory. His
righteousness.

Psalm 8 reads:

 O LORD, our Sovereign,
how majestic is your name in all the
earth!
You have set your glory
above the heavens.

Out of
the mouths of babes and infants
you have
founded a bulwark because of your foes,
to
silence the enemy and the avenger.
When I look at your heavens, the work of
your fingers,
the moon
and the stars that you have established;
what are human beings that you are
mindful of them,
mortals
that you care for them?
Yet you have made them a little lower than
God,
and
crowned them with glory and honor.
You have given them dominion over the
works of your hands;
you have
put all things under their feet,
all sheep and oxen,
and also
the beasts of the field,
the birds of the air, and the fish of the
sea,
whatever
passes along the paths of the seas.
O LORD, our Sovereign,
how majestic is your name in all the
earth!
Isn’t He great?