(In my cube a few years ago showing off a beautiful scarf Adam got me to celebrate Admin Day!)
I [Emily] remember my first year working for Antioch’s Discipleship School very well. I had just completed the school but had no idea the amount of planning it took to pull off a school. I would sometimes sit in my cube, close my eyes, and try to remember every detail of an event or class I could. I would ask myself, “How did Amanda [the admin for my class] pull that off?” As things came to mind I would write them down. I basically pulled the year off doing that.
But there were always moments when nothing would come to mind. There were mornings (mainly Monday mornings) when the thought of pulling off a class that evening seemed daunting and almost paralyzing. My “Amanda question” didn’t work and I was left with two choices – total panic or turn to the best administrator I’ve ever known. You see, I have this secret weapon named the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. If you read the scriptures as an admin (which I do often!), you start to marvel at His organizational skills. Who else could pull off bringing two of every kind of animal to Noah’s doorstep? And don’t forget about those detailed instructions for building an ark to house all those animals! Remember when all the Israelites had fled Egypt and they were hungry? No problem for the God of the Universe! He made the perfect amount of manna appear on the ground each morning. And think about the early church. There’s no way they knew what they were doing! How did they know how to organize a growing movement of believers and how to meet the needs of the poor outside of the divine council from God?
By my third year on staff I had the hang of it. There were twists and turns along the way, but in general I had good rhythms and systems set into place so I wasn’t making it up as I went all the time.
Today, though, I find myself back at my first year of something I’ve never done before. Let me just admit this to you all – I have no idea how to move overseas. I have various thoughts and assumptions, but really…I’m feeling my way through this. I am surrounded by incredible council from people who’ve lived overseas before to people who’ve just lived more life than myself. But I have found myself lately sitting down in the middle of a heap of our belongings, closing my eyes, and asking Jesus, “How would you pull this off?” Every time I sit in awe at the brilliance of His advice.
Maybe someday, after I’ve moved our belongings all around the world multiple times, I’ll have a rhythm to this madness. But, for today, I’m thankful that I know Someone who can upholds the universe in the palm of His hand making my small move overseas seem like a piece of cake to Him!