Two weeks ago I got to have an experience of a lifetime at my school. For a whole weekend I got to act, dance, and sing along to some of my favorite songs, that hold a lot of memories for me, on a stage in front of hundreds of family and friends. Yes, we were in a high school doing a musical called ‘High School Musical’. You could say I lived the dream.
That week leading up to show time was long, cold, and draining. I could barely keep my eyes open in school and as soon as I got home, I walked straight to my room to shut the lights off and hop into bed. The amount of time and energy put into a show is intense and it obviously takes a lot out of a person involved in one. Everyone in that cast worked so hard to make that show what it was. We learned and grew together in those two and half months leading up to those exciting nights. Now those songs are forever stuck in our heads and we still quote everyone’s lines in our everyday conversations. I won’t say if that is a good or bad habit…
While that week was tiring yet also fun, I was more anxious about one thing than any. I was anxious about the show and my lines and the songs but that wasn’t what worried me most. What was always in the back of my mind was me getting sick before the show. That was what worried me more than anything. If I didn’t have my voice, how could I project lines or be able to sing while dancing? Doing both at the same time was difficult even while one was healthy!
I needed more sleep and I was not getting sleep. There was no time for naps before I had to be at school for call-time and I couldn’t miss a lot of school that week or else the homework would start piling up. All I can say was I was running low on gas and didn’t know how much further I could’ve gone.
But every night, as I stammered into my room getting ready to throw on my pajamas and try to get all of that make-up off my face, I glanced at my shelf by my bed and saw my Bible. This year, I made a commitment to read through the Bible in one year and I’ve been doing good at sticking to the plan that I’m using. The one thing that was tempting me more than anything to skip this plan was sleep. Yes, sleep is a good thing. Yet it became a possible barrier between me and my time with God as I imagined myself sinking into the warm depths of my heated blanket.
A decision I made that week was to stick to the plan. I needed to make sure that at the end of the day, that I was still devoted to my time with God and that He was (and is) the most important thing in my life. Sometimes it was hard to keep my eyes open as I was reading through Exodus and Lamentations, but God always spoke to me in those moments and taught me something that I needed to get through that specific day. I saw the amazing power in His Word in a time that I really needed it. You see, a lot of times we would put off reading God’s Word because we believe in the power of sleep and how it can effect our day to come. But that week that I set aside a few extra minutes of sleep, I saw the power of God’s Word in my day to come. I have been a believer of Jesus and what He did for me since I was five years old, but that week I truly realized power of His Word and how much of a difference it can make in my life everyday. I am a true believer of that.
Because of that time that I chose to set aside for Him, He truly blessed me by keeping me healthy throughout that week and the week after that. I know for a fact that if I hadn’t relied on Him throughout that week, I would’ve been sicker than a dog. When I don’t get sleep, I am the most stuffed up baby with a sore throat and droopy eyes… But God was with me through it all. Nothing that I say in this blog is to lift me up and say that its because of what I did… I know that because I made God a priority He was with me and I could fully rely on Him. Everything I say in this blog is to give glory to God for blessing that time that we spent together and for answering my prayers and keeping my healthy that week.
We had four great shows with an awesome cast that had energy, smiles, and hearts that showed while they did their stuff on that stage! I’m very thankful for the opportunity I had and for God placing me there this year to be able to share that experience with so many special people. I guess this is my thank-you letter to God after some time of reflection. He is good and He is faithful. Don’t ever let anything get in the way of your time with Him. He is the one, after all is said and done, that will sustain you and fulfill You. Its always worth it to spend time with Him.
Romans 10:17- So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.
Matthew 6:6- But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
Matthew 6:33- But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.