Yesterday, I had the incredible privilege of returning to my beloved high school to watch them perform The Sound of Music. It was amazing! It was all I could do to keep from jumping out of my chair and joining in for Do-Re-Me, My Favorite Things, and So Long, Farewell. I love The Sound of Music.
It had been quite a while since I’d seen The Sound of Music, and this time, Maria took on a whole new dimension for me. Instead of only noticing Maria’s spunk, musical abilities, and strong will; yesterday I noticed that Maria was also a woman who was searching and afraid. Wondering to God, “What is your will for me?”
Often I find myself like Maria: searching, wondering, and desiring to do God’s best but not completely certain what it actually is. Many times, God’s will for us may involve some sort of leap of faith, which can be paralyzing.
In Maria’s case, when she realized she was falling for Captain Von Trapp, she fled. Back to the walls of the convent she went where she could try to escape her feelings and feel safe. She thought she was supposed to be a nun, how could she marry a captain and mother his seven children?
Can anyone else relate? Scared to jump because of the fear of the unknown and unfamiliar. So what do we do? We try to find a “safe and secure place” and we hide.
In a tender moment with the Revered Mother and Maria, the Reverend Mother says to her, “Maria, these walls were not built to shut out problems. You have to face them. You have to live the life you were born to live.” From there, she launches into Climb Every Mountain…
You have to live the life you were born to live…
The beautiful thing about that is each one of us was created for something. The paths might look totally different, and finding them might be scary at first, but we were all created for a purpose. Known. Set Apart. Appointed.
I love at the beginning of Jeremiah when God says to Jeremiah in chapter 1:
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”
To which Jeremiah reluctantly replies, “Ah, Sovereign Lord…I do not know how to speak; I am only a child.”
God’s response? “Do not say, ‘I am only a child.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,”
God had a specific purpose for Jeremiah, but Jeremiah was scared and reluctant. Yet, God assured him that he was not alone. God would be with him; strengthening him, equipping him, and rescuing him.
If God is calling us to something, He will be with us. We can confidently trust and believe that He will empower us with everything we need for accomplishing His calling. We are not alone.
I will advise you and watch over you.