Island Days

During a conversation I was having with a friend recently, he said that on some days at work, he feels like he’s all by himself—like he’s on an island.

It reminded me of something that I experienced lately that may help you.

As some of you know, I’m going to be in my first play soon. Part of being in a play is learning the lines—exactly as they are written! You don’t learn the meaning of the line, and then say it the way you feel like saying it. You learn the line word-for-word. The reason is that the playwrite wrote it so that one line leads into another. If you don’t say your line correctly, the next person’s line won’t make sense in context, or be in alignment with the “flow” of the play.

A couple of my lines have been a little difficult for me to say. I have said them over and over, but they just don’t come out of my mouth correctly. I trip over the words.

One evening at rehearsal, I was getting pretty frustrated with myself. I was standing offstage, and was just sort of beating myself up. At a certain point, I just stopped, and asked God to be with me. I told Him I was frustrated and asked him to give me patience with myself. Then I asked him to make me aware of His presence—“Right here, right now, please.

For the next hour or so, I was aware in the back of my mind that He was there with me and that this really wasn’t the big deal I was making it out to be. This calmed me down, and the words began to flow . . .

In Joshua 1:9, God says to us,

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

This verse is a reminder that God is with you day and night, wherever you go. All you have to do is be aware of it.

So on those “Island Days,” just ask Him to help you be aware of His presence.

You really are never alone!

 

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