By Emma Grinde
In Frozen 2, Elsa persistently hears a song calling to her. She doesn’t totally understand it and yet keeps listening. She wants to stay with her family and her kingdom, and yet she senses that she must go follow this voice.
While my life is not a Disney movie, this song has been on repeat in my head for months. I resonate with Elsa’s journey of discernment. Trying to figure out what is next and how to get there. In college, I studied food science at Iowa State University, and then I got a job in product development at Organic Valley, a dairy cooperative headquartered in a small town in Wisconsin. I loved my work at Organic Valley, where I got to be in a lab most days cooking up small batches of our products, tasting them and then reformulating.
While I loved my job, I started noticing that I used a good chunk of my vacation time to help with things at church: joining the quilters to make mission quilts and helping teach confirmation. I sometimes felt like my job was getting in the way of the ministry I wanted to participate in at church.
I started wondering if perhaps my next career step wasn’t into another food science job, but a step toward ordained ministry. In Into the Unknown Elsa sings, “There’s a thousand reasons I should go about my day and ignore your whispers which I wish would go away.”
The call to become a pastor persisted and I started seminary. After 2 years of seminary and 7 years of work in food science, I left my job in Wisconsin and moved to Lincoln for my internship, singing Into the Unknown as I drove toward this new city and new experiences. I’m so grateful to be in ministry with the students of The Lutheran Center. I’ve already learned a lot from this community.
Isaiah 43 describes God’s presence and love and includes reminders of God’s continuing provision. Verse 19 says, “I am about to do a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert.” As we navigate this semester, as we go into the unknown, God goes with us and is making all things new.
Do we perceive it? I hope and pray we, as The Lutheran Center, will be attentive to God’s leading and bold in our proclamation of God’s radical love.