Friday Five

Look Before You Leap, It’s the Friday Five!

As posted by yours truly at RevGalBlogPals:

Hello from your Fifth Friday Five team, will smama and Songbird~
It’s Leap Day!!

Whether you’re one of the special few who have a birthday only once every four years, or simply confused by the extra day on the calendar, everyone is welcome to join in and play our Leap Year Friday Five.

Tell us about a time you:

1. Leapt before looked

Ah, that would be in the early post-divorce era, that time my good friend introduced me to a single guy she knew, who we just happened to run into downtown. She had not thought of a fix-up. She knew things I ought to have known. Might should have clarified that with her before dating him.

2. Leapt to a conclusion

Nine years ago (same time frame as above, not surprisingly), discouraged by the difficulty of continuing seminary as
the divorced mother of three children, convinced it just would not be
possible to finish, I concluded that if it were that hard, God must not
really want me to do it. I also had a fear I would never, ever meet anyone if I ended up serving a church as the divorced mother of three; where would I find the time and the opportunity? I withdrew from school and took a short-term
job with the local children’s theatre.

Oh, boy, was I wrong! The parade of misunderstandings, awkward situations and general humiliation of my year "running away to join the circus," still makes me cringe.

3. Took a Leap of Faith

Realized I was most likely very, very wrong. Picked up the phone and called my seminary. Said, "Hi, I think I made a big mistake." Bless them, they said, "Just write us a letter asking us to convert your status from ‘withdrawn’ to ‘leave of absence’ and come back next semester." Which I did in February of 2000. And within six months? I met Pure Luck.

4. Took a literal Leap

Since then, I’ve taken many leaps, and quite a few of them have been literal leaps up and down mountains. Pure Luck could tell you that my attitude toward these leaps has improved considerably and I now feel reasonably confident about jumping over little streams.

5. And finally, what might you be faced with leaping in the coming year?

In August, I’ll be going to the UCC"s new church planters’ training in Hotlanta. For now, starting a new church is a notion and a hope, but after that it will become, I imagine, more real. I hope when I get there my sense of call will be confirmed, but I’m going to try not to leap to any more conclusions.

You don’t have to be a RevGal to play! Happy Leap Day to all!

22 thoughts on “Look Before You Leap, It’s the Friday Five!”

  1. ~Running away to join the circus~ This cracks me up….mainly because I have join the circus before too! *grins*
    I love your answers.

  2. August in Hotlanta…now THAT’S a Leap of Faith! I am grateful for you and the other participants and that Our Fair Denomination is offering the support that’s needed for this important work.

  3. great play!
    i totally agree with sally–i’m immensely grateful that you went back to seminary and are now here for us and all those other lives you touch and inspire!
    you know, i know one seminary student that literally did run away and join the circus!

  4. Fun play. I always kind of think of Sunday mornings as a circus–at least three ring!
    Good luck in Atlanta~~I was part of a new church start…LOVED it!

  5. I am really, really grateful for this meme today… it’s a welcome reminder that there’s grace in the mistakes, and that we’re all in it together. Thanks so much for your seminary story (though I’m sorry it was such a rough time for you).

  6. This was an awesome FF from you guys – and I see that both you and I identified the divorcing/post-divorce period as a time of much leaping. Boy, could I ever resonate with some of your stories.
    Great play.

  7. My mountain-leaping consisted of trying to suck air into my lungs at tree-line in the Rockies in Colorado. I don’t care what kind of mountains they are…way to go.

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