August 2022: T is for Turtle
Greetings, at long last! We are so excited and grateful to begin this adventure with you all.
Earlier this week, on our first day as your co-ministers, one of us encountered an unexpected welcome on our way to church. As the car wound through the canopy of summer green along Route 2A, the humble line of morning traffic slowed to a standstill. Something was blocking the way. What first appeared to be a piece of debris in the road turned out to be, on closer inspection, a turtle wiggling her way across the pavement.
She took her time yet seemed clear on where she was headed. She had a certain gravitas. A passing cyclist dismounted to accompany the steady traveler safely across. Later, we couldn’t help but laugh at this omen, reminding us in our first-day jitters to trust the pace of the process.
In “onboarding” into any new position or season of life — be it prayerfully chosen, like a new calling or relationship, or imposed suddenly, like grief — adapting to a new situation can be overwhelming. Learning new systems can feel like drinking from the firehose.
At the same time, we’re trying to remember there’s no need to rush or master everything all at once. We have plenty of help from lay leaders and colleagues, and plenty of time to get to know one another, find our way to where we are going, and help one another cross safely.