Abominables and the Spring that Wouldn't Come

 

Spring is my favorite time of year. I enjoy Summer's heat, the colors of Autumn, snowstorms and Christmas lights in Winter. But I LOVE seeing the earth explode with color and life (and no I don't have allergies). God reminds us of his Gospel Grace "See I make all things new!" and I just revel in the longer days, warmer nights and the way things come to life. So what about this year? In the western US, they never really got a spring. It just jumped from a wet winter to summer. But for me, my precious spring - never came. And I've been wrestling with the reality of "Disappointment".

In her book "Rising Strong" author Brene Brown describes disappointment as "unmet expectations" and she notes something very powerful about these expectations. MANY of them begin as stealthy, sneaky assumptions. It's SUPPOSED to be like THIS! That's what our minds say anyway. And then we feel the disappointment emotionally, spiritually and physically. The antidote and recovery is really to acknowledge the story we've told ourselves, examine our assumptions, and set up clearly defined, communicated and agreed upon boundaries.

So, for me anyway, my spring has been filled with the Abominable of an East wind, that kept the chilly waters of Lake Michigan present throughout SE Wisconsin in April and May. We've had the Abominable of snow, which again showed up into late April. We've had the Abominable of widespread persistent clouds/rain for most of spring and the Abominable of Hudson Bay Canada - which is still 50% ice covered as of late June! It's like they just kept coming and messing up my spring and even early Summer. And these Abominables never seemed to make time to get on the same page with me!!

So I have been reminded of a couple things this spring.

  1. I am in control of a lot less than I think I am (hint - none of it... really).
  2. In a day an age of instant anything, seasons of patient endurance are important for our personal and spiritual growth.
  3. When I feel the impact of disappointment, it's really important for me to step back and examine my expectations and really look hard at my ASSUMPTIONS.


Lastly, I am reminded that when Abominables come attacking my expectations, God is often using them to redirect my focus, my vision and ultimately my path and the steps I take.

Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails. - Proverbs 19:6

In the end - Spring came. Flowers sprouted. Grass greened. Birds returned to singing. The sun did shine from time to time. Though it didn't come the way I wanted, assumed and expected - I still look around and marvel at the goodness of God and grateful that he directs my steps!

 

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Feb25

Chapel @ Wisconsin Lutheran High School

Mike will play guitar with the Wisco Chapel worship team for a special Ash Wednesday service. You can check out the chapel service live on the Wisco livestream.

Mar2

LWMS Event @ St. Paul's Lake Mills

St. Paul's Lake Mills, 1530 South Main Street, Lake Mills

Mike will be sharing with the Lutheran Women's Missionary Society about encouraging and walking with young adults:

HOPE AND THE BROKEN ROAD - UNDERSTANDING THE JOURNEY OF EMERGING ADULTS In our church body, much of our history has been spent creating a path for spiritual growth from cradle to grave and yet it seems that we struggle to keep teens and young adults connected to that narrow road. About every 15-20 years, a new group of people is given a label that tends to stereotype an entire generation. Boomers, Gen X, Millennials, Gen Z - you get the point. As many books and articles are written about these emerging cultures, not enough attention is paid to the unique realities that young people face in the 18-25 time of life. In this session we take a harder look at what some call the "University Moment" and the challenges to identity, intimacy and freedom and why walking WITH them through their doubts, questions, arrogance and pride as older adults is so important.

Apr23

WELS Staff Ministers Conference

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Martin Luther College, 1995 Luther Ct, New Ulm

Mike will be leading a couple plenary sessions regarding the challenges facing young adults and lessons they have shared with us on walking with them. Keeping and promoting a growing relationship with Jesus at the forefront of the college years.

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