I drink coffee. I drink tea. One takes hot water. One takes a coffee maker. Tea hasn’t been a problem at my new place, but because I wanted some fresh coffee this afternoon and was the only one around to drink it, the time arrived for one last part of my move.
Today I pulled out my coffee maker and set it up in my new office. I put a plate under the coffee maker to protect my fancy plastic table. I brewed some caramel toffee decaf and closed the door and sat in my Adirondack chair.
The reason for much of this preparation is that three friends had written to me today asking me to pray for them. I wanted to slow down and concentrate and so I needed to make myself at home.
It helped, more than I thought.
(I also read a story about how to pray for friends, a story that I’ll tell sometime soon.)
What’s been funny about this transition is that there has been much that has been familiar. I’ve noticed that there have been many similarities about subjects I talk about, questions I deal with, ways of talking with people. That has been a relief. It is possible that I learned some things during the past nearly eight years of being a pastor (and the past 22 years of working in organizations).
However, I think this afternoon I had a glimpse of how much is new and how much I need to take some time to return to familiar surroundings. Not my previous office, of course. But to the places that have given me strength and peace.
Like a coffeemaker and a chair and friends to pray for and Someone to listen.
For more reflections on starting a new position:
I know you’re busy – about focusing on relationships
Learning – about learning the culture of a new place
Starting – about the first day on the job
Left turn – about the heading to the new place after eleven years
Dragging people along – about position change in a 2.0 world
Experience – about walking away from the old office
What I learned from waiting backstage – about taking the position
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