The image of one hand juggling one ball came to my mind. Compared to my ‘normal’ schedule, juggling one ball feels like an appropriate metaphor. These days run to their own rhythm—smoothly, efficiently. I may have said this before, but this is the first time that I’ve ever had a traditional 9-5 job that starts on Monday and ends on Friday.
My plan for the day: Finish yesterday’s project (a letter to the congregation. I ran out of envelopes.) Continue to research cleaning and opening protocols for churches. Go to the Land of Three Bridges and a Culver’s (although the Culver’s is currently closed) for groceries—especially a filter for our humidifier. Come home, make dinner, go for a walk, and relax.
My day as it happened: I ordered the wrong envelopes and still cannot finish Monday’s project. I did catch an angle on hand sanitization stations for the church, but this also led to eight other things to consider—and a video from the Moravian Music Foundation about singing in church. I went grocery shopping, but I did not find the filter I needed. While I shopping, I got a request to help deliver prescriptions. I did come home. I did go for a walk. I am not relaxed.
One of my seminary professors offered sage advice, “Sometimes the interruption is the ministry.” I believe the professor directed that statement to any of the high functioning, structure types that thrive on schedules and plans. I’ve never embraced the ‘If you can plan it, you can do it’ mentality.
Interruptions filled and fragmented my day. I did learn an important lesson about checking the description of the envelope box and not just the reorder number on the box. I did get to listen The Police Live! from the 1983 Synchronicity Tour. It made me think of 1983 and my disappointment at not being able to see them in Philadelphia when they toured that summer. I did chat on the phone with one of the people to whom I delivered prescriptions. All was not lost.
In a season of deep interruption, we need to remember—I need to remember—that interruption is a part of life. If God is the God of anything, God is the God of Interruption. The biblical witness testifies to people altered (or altared) by the interruptions that God brings (Abraham, Sarah, Moses, Jonah, Ezekiel, Mary, Peter). The witness of the Church and the Creation testifies to the same.
Tomorrow, I will complete my mailing. I will call four people on my list. I will participate in at least two Zoom meetings. I will go for a walk. I will help distribute meals. I will…probably get interrupted by something more important than all of these things—at least I hope I am.
I love you.
I need you.
I hope for you.
Please be safe.