|yes, i took this just as the light turned green.|
the drummer is the light in the middle of the picture.
It took me a second to realize what the person was doing, but somehow, I couldn't take my eyes off that little rectangle of light. I saw that this person was playing the drums! All I could see was the bob of their head to rhythm of their own beat and the rise of their sticks, but I knew that's what they were doing. It looked so fun! I wanted to be in there listening. (Though I did hope it was electric drum pads he or she was playing, what with the apartment living and all!)
"Practice, practice," I encouraged him silently in my head. "You will get better and better and enjoy you instrument more and more as you practice."
I suddenly remembered a blog post I read the other day about the benefits of music lessons for children. I agreed with it all (naturally) but one part stuck out to me as something I hadn't thought of before. Number 2 on list of benefits was that practicing is a lesson in perseverance. Oh, that's so true! Why have I never thought of it like that? At the time I planned to encourage my kids with this truth to assist them in getting their practicing done.
But last night the lesson was for me.
I've recently gotten myself into a situation where I'm doing something I don't feel very good at and am not enjoying. I've wished I could quit, but I feel kind of trapped (which makes me want to hide under the covers, makes me actually wish for the flu...). I've asked the Lord if there's a classy way to get out this, but until last night I hadn't heard what He wanted from me.
I watched that drummer practice (and almost missed the green light!) and I knew the Lord was telling me,
"Practice, practice. You will get better and enjoy it more as you practice. You will learn as you persevere."
Honestly, not the answer I was hoping for, but knowing you're going in the right direction is always an encouragement!
What are you practicing these days?