I was trying to think about something to write about, and the normality of life seemed to be what was on my mind today. It’s Friday, and I woke up like many of you on your way to work for hopefully the last day before the weekend. I parked at the commuter lot, and took the train into work. I struggled with traffic, and drivers who seem to be so self-focused they have no idea anyone else is driving next to them! I got on the train, and began to read a book. I’m reading Gifted to Leadby Nancy Beach. It’s a great book, and I’m nearly finished with it. This morning she was talking about finding your voice and style as a female leader, preacher, teacher, and speaker. It made me think about what my style and personality as a female leader. It was a nice escape on the train, to get away for a few minutes and dream about life, leadership, goals, and God. I got off the train, and started thinking more about the goodness and presence of God. I meditated on the presence of God in my life as I walked. I said some quiet prayers and talked to God. The sun was shining down on my face, but the wind was bitter cold as I walked in my floor length skirt and blue wool navy jacket with gold buttons. My green scarf was wrapped around my neck keeping me warm, and I had my ear muffs on along with my husband’s winter gloves. I don’t know where my gloves are, so he let me use his second pair. I prayed for God to let me feel warm, even though it was bitter cold outside. I really hope the warm spring comes soon. I thought about what it will be like to walk in the warm sunny wind with no coat. But today, the cold toasted my face, and made it a rosy blush color. I opened the door to the Panera Bread Company, because it’s Friday and I needed a quick breakfast sandwich. They have the best bacon, egg and cheese bagel. I ordered it for “to go,” and was tempted to add on a double chocolate chip cookie. I looked at the calorie intake of over 400 calories for the one cookie, and rejected the temptation. I waited in line for my bagel and I saw a new friend I had made at work. We chatted for a little bit, and I saw others as they rushed to get their breakfast and scramble off for a day of hard work in the hospital. I walked quickly across the street to the building where my office is, and went up to my office. I sat in the café area, and ate my sandwich as the warm sun shined into the corner café. It was a beautiful ten minutes before my day would begin. I don’t know how the day will end up, but for right now, it is calm. I feel the presence of God, and am happy to serve in the kingdom of God as a chaplain. Thank you God for your presence and for the ability to walk with you each morning. I want to spend my time thinking about your goodness, and how you are at work in the normality of my life. It isn’t a big conference, or a crazy magical miracle, but you are at work in my normal everyday here today life.
A Normal Friday
Rev. Crystal February 28, 2014 0 comments
A Normal Friday
Oh, and Happy Birthday to my wonderful Mom Lori Micko-Rodriguez!
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About The Author Rev. Crystal Rev. Crystal Schmalz is a licensed minister in the United Pentecostal Church International, holds a Master of Divinity degree from Urshan Graduate School of Theology, and a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Humanities and History from Michigan State University. Crystal has served as a staff chaplain at Barnes Jewish Hospital, has completed five units of Clinical Pastoral Education, and is a member of ACPE. She served as a ministry staff leader for ACMNP in Yellowstone National Park and enjoys the beauty of God’s creation. She served on staff at Life Christian Church pastored by David Stephens doing outreach, guest coordination, youth leadership, Sunday school, and music ministry. She currently attends New Life Center pastored by Garry Tracy, and is involved in teaching Sunday school, preaching at nursing homes, teaching Bible Studies, and helping people connect to God and community. Crystal loves to spend time with her husband Luke, and her hobbies include writing, “thrifting,” eating ice cream, and playing Settlers of Catan and Scrabble with friends and family.