Over at the RGBP site we have this prompt:
In this week some of us are preaching about a woman who encounters Jesus at the well, please name five encounters in your life leading to unexpected results. They might include learning a new skill, making a friend, falling in love, discerning a call or anything around or far off from those ideas.
- I have told this story before, but it just fits so well. After all, who goes to a Presbytery meeting to find a spouse? But that is what happened to me at the first Presbytery meeting after I started in ministry.
- When I was in Grade 5 there was a chance to take part in the production of A Christmas Carol. I decided I would, had never done anything like it before (and ended up playing Scrooge). And from then until the end of high School being involved in theatre was one of the things that saved my sanity (such as it is) and indeed my became my major in university.
- I needed a summer job. ANd I had fond memories of having gone when I was a child. So I applied for a job at Camp Maskepetoon. There is a very direct (if not exactly straight) line between that choice and where I am now.
- It was for Integration Seminar, a class in social ministry in my 2nd year at St. Andrew's. Part of the class was to volunteer at a social agency. I met with the Placement Co-Ordinator and we decided a good place for me was the Saskatoon Crisis Nursery. In the end it may not have been the best placement for me to meet the goals of the place and my own learning needs (though those learning needs may not have been met in any placement as it is probable I was not yet ready to face my demons), but that experience prepared me for the time two years later when I needed a job and got a job at an equivalent agency in Edmonton -- Kids Kottage and spent almost 3 years there.
- Wandering through the mall in Atikokan during my first 6 months of ministry the Catholic Deacon called me over to have coffee. Did I know that that coffee group would become my main non-church contact point for the next 9 years? But it did.