Last weekend, I was able to take some time for Continuing Education and head down to Florida for the ELCA Youth Ministry Network's Extravaganza. This event brings children, youth and family ministers, volunteers, and workers together for a common goal: to teach and live into the word of God by sharing it with youth.
The theme this year was #Disrupt - the Gospel disrupts, faith disrupts, and God disrupts. Throughout the event many of the schedules and items were disrupted in some way to show us what the power of disruption can do. It is this disruptive nature of God and the Gospel that we have to live into on a daily basis. We are constantly being disrupted in some way shape or form, and its up to us as to how we are going to respond. Sometimes our disruptions might be small, like a burned out light in your bathroom, or it might be large, like where you are going to go to college. But navigating these disruptions make us who we are today.
God disrupts our lives in ways we don't fully understand, but we want to know - we pray for one thing, but then if we get a response it is almost never the one we want or are expecting. When we recognize that God is doing it however we sometimes have to let go of our pressumptions and follow God. And this is hard work, it doesn't come easy to truly rely on something or someone, but sometimes when we do that holy disruption we are facing all comes to light in the end.
So I encourage us all to pay attention to the the disruptions in our lives, and to live into them, because we never know where they might lead!
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Pastor Mara Ahles-Iverson grew up in Bettendorf, Iowa, attended the University of Iowa, and Wartburg Theological Seminary. She was married in 2012 and had a beautiful little girl in 2015. Zion is her second call in God's church, and so glad to be a part of the Kewanee community.