Whenever you are arrested and brought to trial, do not worry beforehand about what to say. Just say whatever is given you at the time, for it is not you speaking, but the Holy Spirit.
- Mark 13:11
In two weeks and a day, I am going to do a one-man comedy show. Of course, if the “One Man”, Jesus, does not show, I am in trouble. He’s inside me. He’ll show.
But as of the last team meeting, several things were boomeranged back onto me to resolve. It was not clear who would purchase the pizza. One of the things that was supposed to happen last Sunday (responsibility: ?) did not happen, so I ensured that was resolved yesterday.
I have a one-and-a-half-hour long program that is running a few minutes long. That may not be a problem because I always talk faster in front of a crowd, but my problem in practice has been forgetting my own name, much less what I was talking about. I just need to rely on God for that one. I may write a short list of word prompts to prevent rambling and maybe catch where I am “losing it.”
My “worry” is that nothing is resolved at this point. I want to imbed a song (audio file) into my PowerPoint, but I have been listening on Spotify, Youtube, and Amazon Music – not a downloaded file. I am mulling over options. The video expert at the church has not let me know where everything is, like the remotes for the projector, etc. But he says he “thinks” that he and his wife will be there that night. My costume changes are planned but not complete, a little glue, a little ribbon and then how to attach. The food arrangements are far from complete. Now, the lady baking cookies is prepared, and my wife just needs to know how much salad fixings to get – prep will be easy. The church secretary has not done the handout / bulletin (but we’ve got two weeks). All my humorous stories can be related to Scripture; the handout is something for them to look up when they get home and have a second laugh. Our Associate Pastor is excited that I will show up to the youth group the Sunday before the event to invite them personally, but I have no idea what I should say.
Oh, what is the event? I am doing a one man comedy show, featuring four comedians. I will be doing impersonations of Justin Wilson, Ken Davis, Jerry Clower, and Mark Lowry. Getting the voice right, getting the mannerisms right – not my concern if they laugh. A small thread through the stories ties into my testimony that will follow. And to be honest with you, the thread was not discovered by me until a month of practicing and revising. As Jerry Clower said, “Ain’t God Good!”
But can I be painfully honest? I am a bit nervous, but it reminds me of stage performances in the past. I know God is there and that He was the one pushing me to do this, so it’s all going to be alright. My wife, though, is having tests on Thursday and a doctor visit on Friday to see if she needs to be scheduled for surgery. I really have no idea how to pray about it. Some doctors think one part of her body is wrecking her kidneys or at least not doing the kidneys any good. But, some indicators point to not doing the surgery. I have been praying for healing, “God, just fix the problem,” but what if this is a cross to carry. Like I said, I have no idea what to ask God for other than healing.
But, with appointments three days in a row, and fighting frustrations over the presentation in two weeks, my writing time has been limited. So, I am thinking I may copy some quotes and say just a few words to promote pondering the topic…
If you see more of these, besides the weekend short “Thoughts About…” series, you’ll know I’m still running behind.
God gives each of us trials to face. It’s how we react to the trials that tells the story. Do we react by falling apart? Or do we react by trusting that God is in control – nothing to worry about?
Soli Deo Gloria. Only to God be the Glory.