It’s my first day back in the office following my post-Easter vacation. I traditionally take at least a week off after Easter to rest, breath, get stuff done around the house that got neglected during Lent and to reflect.
It was glorious.
Now I find myself lost.
Each year I get so accustomed to the busyness of Lent that when it abruptly stops, I am thrown into somewhat of a tizzy. I have to reorient myself to the “normal-ness” of pastoral life. And when I say “normal-ness” I say that tongue-in-cheek; knowing that there is nothing “normal” in pastoral ministry.
But to make matters worse, summer is approaching which means:
~ No confirmation classes
~ Earlier worship times
~ No Wed Night Live (our Wednesday Sunday school program)
~ No release time (3rd – 5th grade)
~ No monthly ministerial meetings
Basically, my schedule frees up a lot.
The temptation for me is to procrastinate; thinking that I have all summer to get confirmation planned for the fall, etc. But summer really isn’t that long. Time does flies by and before I know it, September will be here and a new season of “normal-ness”. And after nearly 10 years of pastoral ministry one would think I would be used to this.
But I’m not.
It’s kind of like jumping into a cold lake. There’s an initial shock but eventually you get used to the water. And it makes no difference how many times you jump into cold water ~ there’s always a shock.
So maybe I just need to tread water for a day or two; slowly acclimating, before beginning the long swim across the lake. So if you see me with a deer-in-the-headlights look for the next couple days; just politely wave and try not to stare to much. I’m not being lazy; I’m just treading water trying to adjust to the new “normal-ness”.
The pastor -|—