Saturday, August 08, 2009

God is so Faithful!

Last night was a great opening night for "The Amazing Jerusalem Makeover." Many people came, and they all seemed to enjoy the musical a lot!

It has been an extremely busy production schedule, and last Tuesday, after the first dress rehearsal, I was a bit discouraged. Things just didn't seem to be coming together. I spent that night and the next day continuing to plan, but also praying. "God, it's in Your hands. I've done all I can; I've worked hard for Your glory. The outcome is up to You. Use it as You will."

I've struggled to trust through this production. It's easy for me to get down on myself, and I've realized that I do have some perfectionistic tendencies. Yet, I remembered what God did with the last 4 musicals I've directed, and, through some struggles and moments of woe, I have trusted Him to do it again. And He has been so faithful!

We went through the musical twice at Thursday's dress rehearsal, since it is only around 45 minutes in length going straight through. The cast did well the first time, and things went pretty smoothly, but they weren't really alive in their acting. I gave notes and encouraged, and the 2nd time through was a whole lot better. They really acted, and everything flowed well!

Last night was just as good. Sure, there were a few instances of nervous mess-ups, but they were all very minor. The cast acted really well, putting even more into it now that they had an audience.

I sat and watched and marveled at the faithfulness of God. He's done it again. He's brought together a musical that I could have never done in my own strength. He's given grace, and He even gave me wonderful rest last night after some trouble getting to sleep these last few weeks with all of the details in my head.

I look forward to these next two nights of presentations, excited to see what God will do again. Praise be to His glorious Name!


Leslie said...

That is wonderful, Anna! Our God is so amazing!

I am a new reader to your blog and you have been such an inspiration and encouragement to me through your writings. You are a very special young woman and I know God has His hand on your life. I pray for you daily. God bless you!


Katie said...

I've had alot of fun practicing and presenting the musical! It's been a real blessing to be a part of such a great musical. You're a very good director and have made it sooooo much fun! Thanks!
Katie :)

Anne-Marie said...

Congratulations Anna, I'm glad every thing went so well for your first night!

Maureen said...

The play was great last night! I really enjoyed it. I can't wait for the next one, although I have to say it did not last long enough. :-)

Miriam Rebekah said...

Anna, you did such a wonderful job, again!!! I really enjoyed working with you and look forward to doing so again in the future.

Anna Naomi said...

Leslie: Thank you so much for your prayers!

Katie: Thanks for your encouragement! It was a joy to have you in the production. Seeing you pray with Miriam backstage last night before the presentation started was such a blessing to me! Keep going strong in the Lord!

Anne-Marie: Thank you!

Maureen: I'm glad you could come. And, I agree - the musical was rather short for all that it had to cover! But, with the short amount of rehearsal time that we had, it was probably a good thing that it wasn't longer.

Miriam Rebekah: Thank you for your help! I couldn't have done it without you!

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