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Are you willing to listen to the director?

The Wicked Witch of the West

I am The Wicked Witch of the West. I live in the Land of Oz. My monkeys have rigged up a counter-weight system to help me fly. My purpose in life is to find the ruby-red slippers that are on the feet of the detestable Dorothy. I am mean. I am nasty. I am a villain.

My world in the Land of Oz  is lived out on the stage of DCP Theatre. The directors Cassandra and Sam, give me direction. They help my character develop. They suggest where I should walk and how I should act. If I listen to them, my role as a witch will be more believable.

Who is the director of your life? Who do you look to for guidance?  Are you willing to listen to your director? Do you listen?

God is my director. My stage is my home, the grocery store, the car, the sidewalk I walk on, the kitchen sink. The script, or play book, God hands me is the Bible. I have lines to read, lines to memorize.  Is your playbook your daily horoscope?  Do you take direction from your bus driver? Your best friend?

I don’t always listen to God’s direction.

I am often quick to anger and slow to listen.

19 My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, 20 because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.
James 1:19-20

I don’t give a gentle answer to wrath. I rage back.

A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
Proverbs 15:1

On March 8-9th and 10th, I will be The Wicked Witch of the West on stage.I will have spent hours memorizing my lines, practicing and performing for the play Dorothy Meets Alice. I will have done my best to follow the direction and guidance of my directors. When the play is over, I will hang up my witches shoes and drive home.

I am more willing to listen to the director’s of the play than I am willing to listen to any guidance from God. I don’t want to read my bible every morning and I rarely spend anytime praying to or seeking any advice from God. I like being in control.

The only verse I have memorized is:

 I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.
Psalm 119:11

I never memorized bible verses because I thought it was too hard. Why bother memorizing? I can handle stress on my own. I don’t need God to run my day-to-day life.

Being a Witch in a play has helped me to see the value in following direction. I see the value in  having my lines memorized. When I am “off book” I become the witch.  The lines in the book become my lines.

Today is a new day. I can not change yesterday, but I have today.

I want to read the bible today. I want to memorize my lines. I want to follow God’s direction for my life. I want to be “off book” in the bible and live my role. I want to be all God has for me to be on the stage of my life.

Are you willing to listen to the director? 

Please let me know in the comments.

 

About Pamela Hodges

My name is Pamela Hodges. I am a writer and an artist. I write to encourage and to bring laughter. I paint cats, draw cartoons and write books for children and grown ups.

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  • Wonderful. This is why I prefer to go to a church that follows a liturgy (although I don’t right now) because you are constantly being inculcated with scripture. When I pray, I remember a part of the Eucharist says “Cleanse the thoughts of my heart by the inspiration of your Holy Spirit, that I may more worthily love you and magnify your Holy Name.” And that gives my prayer a place to start.

    • pamelahodges

      Yes, having a place to start sounds good. I usually start with, “Dear Jesus.” Sometimes I start with, “Help.”

  • pamelahodges

    Any suggestions on verses to memorize?

    • Rachel C.

      Jeremiah 29:11
      Isaiah 40:30-31
      Proverbs 3:5-6
      Philippians 4:13

      Four of my personal favorites.

  • Oh yes. Memorize verses. They come back to remind you when you need them the most.