49 Remember your word to your servant, because you have given me hope.
50 This is my comfort in my trouble, that your promise gives me life.
51 The proud have derided me cruelly, but I have not turned from your law. Psalm 119
Sometimes it just drops in your lap. Well, not quite. But sometimes God is beyond merciful and is gracious. Logistics staff like me – I don’t know why! But they tried to call my cell-phone yesterday afternoon. My battery was dead, plus I was up near Mount Baldy (you’ll hear about my favorite mountain next week, I’m sure) and didn’t have reception. So they called me back about 8:15 last night after Vespers and I was tired, ready to go to bed, because I woke up at 4:30 (my body-clock is still on PA time).
I went over to the Logistics office and we discussed the ‘situation’ at hand. Apologized that I hadn’t gotten the earlier message. What can we do? Well, it’s too late for me to drive down – we’re not supposed to drive the back roads in the dark. Even though that camp is not far from the main paved road, I had never been to that camp as was not comfortable getting lost in the dark. I can go in the morning, but I have rounds at the Health Lodge at 7:30 so it would be at the earliest 8:45 til I got down there (just a short drive). So I talked with one of the “Single Digits” – the high muckety mucks who was in charge of this particular group, gained some background and made a plan for this morning. God gave me a few hours to think how to approach this situation. But that isn’t what happened. I was ‘armed’ with the wrong weapon. However…
A staff conflict – a volunteer staff, so I couldn’t even threaten a firing and removal if she wasn’t compliant. Well, it didn’t turn to that. It’s not what the issue was and why a Chaplain was requested. If you’re familiar with Meyers-Briggs personality traits, this was 2 SJ’s vs an NF – basically two opposite sides of the spectrum of communication. And the NF who was having difficulty is a Psych major. Perfect! God handed me a chocolate bar. She knew Meyers-Briggs and the tension which had arisen due to different ways of reacting to situations.
We talked about the situation which had brought this to a head. And without taking sides, I suggested that she worked for the last three days as best she could. And, “You’re a Psych major. This is your territory. What is your Take Home?” After playing the ‘priest card’ and suggesting that she pray each day for those involved – pray for not about – there’s a difference, that she use her training in reflecting on how she can grow in her own ministry through coming to an understanding of her own conflict with these two opposite personality types.
And I could see a light-bulb brighten above her head. It’s a wonder when the Holy Spirit descends as a flame of fire on the heads of the faithful.