Since we each have a starring role in this drama we call life, we sometimes get to influence the director too. We can suggest scenarios, offer ideas about how we think things can play out, sometimes choosing the supporting cast, or the costumes we’ll wear, but ultimately, we don’t get the whole say. That’s just not how the life movie is made. Parts of our movie can be pretty exciting, complete with triumphs over great odds, or failures that were even hard to predict. We get to have love scenes and heartbreak, and power and weakness. It really is a chance to earn an Oscar of our own and it’s all about how we play it.
Interesting to me is the idea that perhaps the greatest performance comes when everything you’re hoping for, every scene of joy you’ve played out a hundred times, still hasn’t happened. It’s the scene where you feel like you’re simply on hold waiting for the moment, waiting for the stars to align, or simply waiting to come into the scene on cue. You’ve been learning the material, getting ready for the part, practiced all the subtle nuances of the role because you know that when it happens, you will play it to perfection. You’ll go for it in every big way. The problem comes when you’ve been on hold for a long time and then another long time and you finally wonder if you’re on hold or simply holding on.
The Voice Translation of Psalm 40 reads like this: “I was waiting a long time for the Eternal One; He finally knelt down to hear me. He listened to my weak and whispered cry. He reached down and drew me from the deep, dark hole where I was stranded, mired in the muck and clay. With a gentle hand, he pulled me out to set me down safely on a warm rock; He held me until I was steady enough to continue the journey again. As if that were not enough, because of Him my mind is clearing up. Now I have a new song to sing–a song of praise to the One who saved me.”
When the scene you’ve been practicing for your whole life doesn’t seem to play out, when you feel like you’ve been on hold for so long that perhaps the scene will end up on the editing floor and the story will end, try to hold on. Hold on to the One who hears your whispered cry and who holds you in His hand. Perhaps the scene won’t come out quite the way you’ve written it in your story, perhaps it will be even better bringing in elements of joy, and special effects you never imagined. As long as you are ready to step into the role and play it with all you’ve got, well, the Oscar is waiting. Keep holding on and keep writing the story. You know for sure that it has an incredible ending!