Zoe engages with what God has been showing her through new experiences. She muses through a metaphor how we can engage in God's greater plan.
A while ago God placed a thought in my head, "What goes on behind the scenes is an important part of the show.” I felt God saying that in my life He is behind the scenes doing all the important work to make the tiny details come together.
While watching a show you can easily miss small changes in sound and lighting which can actually play an important part in setting the mood for that particular scene. You might not notice these changes until the mood of the show has drastically transitioned. This can relate to our lives, because sometimes you don’t even notice God making small changes, because if you’re not looking for Him it is easy to miss the small ways that God is working in our lives.
When watching a show it is really easy to discredit the back stage people. This can be because we don’t know how much work they’re putting into the show, or it can be because we forget about them. I think that sometimes we forget about the backstage people like we forget about God. We only remember or acknowledge them when we need them. For example it’s so easy to only remember the backstage people when we are actually on a platform.
Recently I joined the worship team and when I’m up on the platform I heavily rely on the people at the back to make sure all the equipment is working properly and that everything is coming together from a front of house perspective. I think this reflects my walk with God, because when I’m in the audience (when I let what’s going on in my life distract me from God or when I’m comfortable) it’s easy to forget about the backstage people and how they’re an important asset in making the show come together. However, when I’m on the platform I learn to put my trust into those at the back. Likewise when I step out of my comfort zone, I learn to put my trust in God.
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.
I think this verse is so encouraging, because stepping out of our comfort zones can be scary and unknown, but if we know God and learn to trust in him and rely on him. Then outside our comfort zones can seem less scary, because He is with us wherever we go. Knowing him allows us to lean on him in times of discomfort. It allows me to know that even when I’m in the uncomfortable that I can trust in him and he is with me.
For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
This is so important, because we can sometimes feel alone and isolated in our fear. As much as I’d like to be in control of everything, I can’t be. I can’t be backstage and on the platform all at once. I need to learn that God is in control and to hand that over to him, because nothing can separate me from God’s love. All I need to do is get up on the platform (out of my comfort zone) and God will do the rest. I need to learn to learn to put my trust in him, and to surrender the control that I so desperately want.
God wants us to get up on stage and join him. He wants us to have a life with him. That doesn’t mean we aren’t going to trip and fall, but it means that when we do, we know and trust Him and can rely on Him. We can lean on his promise that he is with us wherever we go, and that nothing can separate us from His love.
So how can we learn to trust the backstage people if we are in the audience? If being in the crowd represents our comfort zones how can we get out of our comfort zones and up on the platform? That doesn’t mean you have to physically get up on on a platform. It means that you look into finding ways to actively seek God. That you aren’t just sitting where it’s comfortable but you’re following his voice and his calling for you. I believe that God works outside of comfort zones. So how can we actively seek God?
Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
Zoe is currently interning at Windsor Park Baptist through Carey's Youth Discovery course. She has an incredible heart and a great passion for writing. Check out more of Zoe's posts this year as she grows and shapes her passion for writing. Photo credit: AJ Curtis
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