In the last five months I have embarked on a new adventure. Some would say it has been a distraction from my main goal as a writer, but I would disagree. It has grown me and stretched me in ways that I never imagined...and can only make me a better writer in the process. It has also had the concurrent benefit of making me so dependent on the Lord, I can hardly express how much.
So, what have I been doing? I took a course with the intention of getting some training to improve my skills in public speaking. What was the training? It was in modelling and acting. Never in a million years did I think I would ever do such a thing but it has been wonderful, fun and it put me so far out of my comfort zone I had to rely completely on the Lord to achieve my goals. This past weekend I completed a workshop that included work with an acting coach. I was performing a television commercial and a monologue (both of which I wrote), doing improv and cold scene readings…and much to my surprise, I loved it!
You have to understand, I have been in a class with tweens, teens and twenty-somethings…and then there is me…let’s just say that I am considerably older than my fellow students. However, we all have something in common. We were all learning something new and most of us had to stretch beyond our usual horizons to achieve the instructor’s expectations.
Most sessions I felt like I was leaping off the top of a cliff, trying to fly like super woman but realizing that there was nothing beneath me but air. If I did not get help I would land splat on the rocks below…not a good result. I had to ask the Lord for Help each and every week. I had to rely on His Ability added to my ability to do the things I was needing to learn. I had to forget that I hated having my photo taken and I was uncertain in my abilities to memorize a script. I had to say to the Lord that if He wanted me to finish this course, He was going to have to Give me something I did not think I possessed. Each week it was a different aspect that was missing in my usual makeup.
Every time we set out on a new adventure we must rely on God. However, we must go a step further and realize that every time we step out of bed, we need to do the same thing. Why do we wait till we are totally beyond ourselves before we ask God to Help us? It ought to be our daily routine. Before we plant out feet on the floor, we all need to thank the Lord for another day to achieve His Plans for the world and our lives and request His Guidance to do it step by step, breath by breath. In the same way that I relied on Him to achieve the extraordinary, we need to lean on Him to do the seemingly mundane in life. In so doing, perhaps the mundane will become extraordinary.
Just something to think about…
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Judith Utman is the author of Voices in the Wilderness.