So, in starting the new job, there was a two week transition period before I was off and out on a 42-hour Confirmation retreat. I inherited it all: the program, the team, the kids, the contracted site, the time-frame.. everything.
So halfway through, I find myself on a trust walk… Something I have not participated in years… errr, decades… ummm, the previous millennium. I had some concerns going into it, but I was totally along for the ride on the whole weekend, so I donned the blindfold, posed for a goofy picture, and off we went.
I had already walked my partner around. In the midst of the process, there was a set of faith questions to ask. The “intimacy” of trust in blindly being walked by another was quickly recalled and led to openness. Now, it was my turn. I determined to try a few things… I wanted to TRY to maintain a normal gait. I WANTED to try and trust the directions of someone a quarter of my age who was also quite directionally challenge (my left, her right). I WANTED TO TRY to be open to the moment.
And, it became, quickly, a metaphor for my new ministry in which I want to try to
- Trust in young people. The Spirit is there in them and with them. They have chosen to be there. They are spiritual and are not disinclined to consider religious, they just might not understand it. They have the capacity to go deeper if only they are invited to do so.
- Trust in the adults and peer ministers. They were there with these young people before I dropped into the scene from the sky. There have already walked with them and knew them by name. Who was I to get in the way of any of that? My job was love, encouragement, and support and to serve where needed and invited
- Trust in me. But, hey, this is certainly not my first time at the rodeo. I have some knowledge and skills that I can contribute as well. Earlier in the morning of the trust walk, I pulled out a methodology that I hadn’t used in eight years and, even then, it was the only time I had ever done it – – I led singing as interludes between portions of morning presentation. If we are going to truly challenge young people, we must challenge ourselves “outside our boxes” as well.
and, of course
- Trust in the Lord. It was a long path leading up to the moment of the trust walk… but it had already been a long sojourn getting there and I firmly believe the faithful voice of the Good Shepherd was gently and patiently guiding me to greener pastures. Proverbs reminds us to Trust in the Lord with all your heart, on your own intelligence do not rely; In all your ways be mindful of him, and he will make straight your paths.
Will the trust walk find its way into a future confirmation retreat? The jury of the planning team has yet to pass verdict on this yet. Will I continue to trust walk alongside the Lord? I WANT TO TRY.