My name is Rev. Kay from Grace United Methodist Church and I'm new as of July 1. Being the new kid on the block is never easy, but I am happy to say that I've been warmly received. Spencer is a lovely small city and I feel honored to be called to serve here. I intend to use this valuable space to share some random and not so random thoughts now and again.
People often ask "are you settled?" Often I smile and say "yes." But more often I want to say "if shoving full boxes into closets sounds settled, I guess so." And other times I want to go on some philosophical rant about how we should never settle or get too comfortable or too rooted or tethered in life, but be free to move on, free to be uprooted for the mission and all that. But most of the time I smile and say "yes."
I was looking for a briefcase the other day and I thought I'd never find the one I was looking for. Of course it was packed in one of the many full boxes stacked so nicely. It took forever, but I found it.
I love some of the things that come with a move -- the fresh start, the clean slate, all the potential, it is so exciting. I love the new landscape up here in northwest Iowa. This is beautiful country. But one of the uncomfortable things about a new place is that often the newbie is lost.
I was enjoying a drive recently to Primghar of all places and I was absolutely caught off guard and taken aback by something I saw in Hartley of all places. You'll never believe this. Have you ever wondered about the "street view" on Google Maps? How do they do that? Is it from a satellite dish or what? Well as I am driving through Hartley of all places, I see a little car wrapped up in one of those advertising wrappers which has the google logo all over it and at the top of the car was this space ship kind of thing (i.e. camera/satellite). The car had a sign on it that said something about Google Maps StreetView. Who would have ever thought I'd ever see that, in Hartley of all places!
One of my favorite scriptures is from Luke 15 -- about the joy of finding.
It's great to know that though we can sometimes get lost, we can also get found.
Now that fall is upon us, I just wish I could find my wool socks.