I woke up with a start, head pounding and hands shaking. I sat up slowly and crawled out of bed. It was the morning of an event I’d been dreading for weeks – my orchestra concert.
Although I love music, cello, and orchestra, I do NOT love performing (or any kind of presentation!) – so much so that during the hours leading up to the dress rehearsal, I considered not attending. But as assistant principal cellist, my empty seat would surely be noticed. I simply had to endure the performance.
As I got ready for the rehearsal, I pleaded in prayer, Please, please just help me get through this. And as soon as I finished praying, a familiar tune played in my head – “I Have Confidence” from The Sound of Music. Again and again, the lyrics danced through my mind. The entire song was so applicable to my situation! Although I’d recently listened to the soundtrack of The Sound of Music, I am confident that having those lyrics in my head was no coincidence. 😉
When the rehearsal finally began, I expected the upcoming hour and a half to feel like a million hours. But instead of the usual butterflies in my stomach, to my surprise, I felt a sense of peace. As we ran through the program, I didn’t wish for it to be over – in fact, I actually enjoyed the rehearsal! It was a miracle. 🙂 When I walked onstage once more for the concert, I knew I would be able to get through it. I knew He would give me strength to persevere. And He did.
Later that day, I was studying my scriptures and almost cried when I came across several verses that spoke deeply to me, Proverbs 3:24-26:
When thou liest down, thou shalt not be afraid: yea, thou shalt lie down, and thy sleep shall be sweet. Be not afraid of sudden fear…For the Lord shall be thy confidence…
He is aware of us – of everything we’re experiencing. He knew of my sleepless nights, of my lack of confidence. He knew I was in need of comfort and blessed me with peace.
I have confidence. I truly have confidence in Him.
How have you felt His guidance during difficult moments?