Today, I’m here with the first installment in my ‘Word of the Month’ series! As I mentioned in this post, I’m beginning a series on the blog where, at the beginning of each month, I’ll be picking a specific word to focus on for the next several weeks. I’ll write a short post about why I chose the word, what it means, and how I’ll be implementing it into my every-day life. So, here we are with the first official Word of the Month, which issss… *drumroll please, even though you’ve already seen it in the title…*
“Hmm,” you may be thinking, “this is an odd word to choose.” Haha, that’s exactly why I chose it! ;)
See, I’ve known of a certain quote for several years now, but only within the past few have I come to truly understand it’s meaning. Allow me to explain (after you read the quote of course).
“An arrow can only be shot by pulling it backward. So, when life is dragging you back with difficulties, it means that it’s going to launch you into something great. So just focus, and keep aiming.”
– Paulo Coelho
This quote has become one of my favorites because I have lived it out in many different ways and can personally relate to the truth in it. For example, when I was 11, I auditioned for a part in The Little Mermaid musical with a local youth theatre. I had been in another of their shows a year before, and I had had a great time! I was determined to do it again. So, I carefully selected an audition song, worked on it for hours, and practiced my singing for my whole family, plus some friends. I thought for sure I was going to make it.
The audition came around, and I gave it my all on that stage – I thought I had nailed it. But then the cast list came, and my name wasn’t on it…I was devastated.
I was so upset and angry – I couldn’t understand why I hadn’t made it in. I had practiced so hard, and the rejection I received hurt – a lot. I was very bitter about the entire situation, and I just didn’t know what to do. I had been pulled back.
Only a few days later, my Mom heard about a local college that was preparing for auditions for their upcoming musical – Mary Poppins. She told me about it, and after lots of thought, I decided to go audition using the same song I had previously. Again, I practiced it repeatedly, working out all the kinks until I felt that I was ready and prepared to audition.
The day came, and again, I gave it my all. I felt that I had done pretty well, but I took a lesson from last time and didn’t count my chickens before they hatched.
Early the next morning, my Mom received an email from the directors saying they wanted to see me for a callback! They said that they had selected a few girls to come for another audition, specifically for the role of Jane Banks, the little girl in the story. I was ecstatic, so I went and auditioned again, this time singing specific songs and reading lines from Mary Poppins. I was there for several hours, and when I left, I couldn’t believe what had just happened.
The cast list came out a week later in the wee hours of a Sunday morning, and my parents saw it before they came to wake me up for church. They woke me up with the usual “good morning, how did you sleep, etc.” got me out of bed, and said “We have some good news for you!”
I will never forget that moment – I knew exactly what they were talking about. “Did I get it?!” I screamed. “You got the part!” they replied. I couldn’t believe my ears. I was absolutely wild with excitement. I was jumping and crying and yelling “I did it! I did it!” over and over again. XD
Turns out, I had been shot into one of the best experiences of my entire life. Since there were going to be 7 performances, the directors had cast 2 sets of Janes and Michaels (the siblings), so I would be alternating shows with another girl. She and I became very close friends, and we still keep in touch today. I will never forget the hours I spent in that theatre rehearsing, and how much fun I had performing in Mary Poppins.
We all go through seasons where we feel as though nothing is going “right,” nothing is happening the way we ever planned or wanted – life just isn’t working.
But see, that’s where God steps in. During those difficult times, He’s pulling you back to launch you into something amazing. He knew the entirety of your story long before you were ever created, and He’s working to fulfill the incredible plans He has in store for you. While it’s hard to realize what’s happening in the moment, you will clearly see it when you step out on the other side of your situation. I know I have through several experiences, and I hope and pray that you will, too. <3
So this month, as I’m being pulled back again, I’ll be focusing on what I’m being prepared to shoot into next, and I encourage you to do the same. If you’re struggling right now, and you feel as though life just isn’t going your way, please remember this quote. Think of yourself as an arrow that the hand of God is pulling back to shoot into something incredible. Trust Him, and His perfect plan for you. Just focus, and keep aiming.
I love you all, and I’ll see you next week! <3