Monday, February 2, 2015

Through the Woods

“Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.” Proverbs 27:17

Today my hair is not in curlers. Today I did not do my make-up. Today I unpacked the bag that was my life for the past two and a half months. Today is day one on the other side of my first through the woods experience since getting into Texas.

It has been 12 years since I've auditioned for anything or had to sing solo in front of any large number of people. Music and theater had been such an enormous part of my life but then I got pregnant with Baby Bear and the music faded and died out and a different chapter of life began. In 12 years I have become a much different person. For the better, I believe, because who really wants to be the same after 12 years of life. Though not to say that I am not whole, Christ has ensured that for me, for the last 12 years a part of me has been missing.

I knew it but couldn't name it. My family perceived it but couldn't place it. My husband was a bit oblivious to it but such is life and I love him despite it. And then, after closing night of a 6 show a week for 5 weeks run, my husband says, “You are so much more animated and lively now.” And that’s when it hit me. I've changed. I’m different. If this production of All Shook Up had a patron show I would say it would be Into the Woods. I went into the woods in October when I auditioned for All Shook Up at the local community theater. I didn't know I was journeying, I just thought I was catching up on something I hadn't done in a while. But God had other, much bigger plans. Something was ignited and a piece of me was remembered. And now I’m through and different for it.

I can’t express how grateful I am to each and every person in the cast for being a part of my experience. God used you all in more mighty ways than you can imagine. You all helped me through the woods and I have been changed, by each and every one of you, for good.