Well hello there little blogity blog! Long time, no write.
I could write a long laundry list of excuses & lame-o reasons why I haven’t written – some legit, but most of them, well they’re all excuses, so what does it matter?! If I want to be a writer then I’d better write, right?
Well I’ve had this post stuck in the “draft” folder for far too long. It happens when I get on this inspiration-kick, but I tell myself, “Jessika you can’t publish two blog post is less than 24 hours especially when it’s been a month since you last wrote anything at all!” And then I forget about the “draft” folder all together.
As I recall when I wrote the majority of this post (basically the title and the verses below) it was the middle of August and we (we meaning the PNB dancers) had moved on from learning our January Rep of Don Quixote to our All Contemporary Rep that we’ll be premiering in March. There will be 3 ballet’s on that bill: David Dawson’s A Million Kisses to My Skin, Annabella Ochoa’s Cylindrical Shadows, and a world premiere by Victor Quijada.
Having worked in the studio with Victor in past years, I’ve had the privilege to learn his very unique style of movement, which comes from his background in classical and street-dancing, even incorporating aspects of yoga, martial arts and a lot of improv. In reality when you’re dancing his choreography you feel a little bit like you’re either a) under water, b) in the Matrix, or c) both.
A major concept that is central to his style is that of the “anchor point.” Whether it be your heel, your elbow, your palm or forehead, it’s the place from which the movement not only originates and/or rotates around, but where it’s anchored. So when you’re teetering off balance your anchor point is what pulls you back to your center – back to balance.
August was a really challenging month for me in more than one way. I used to read articles on my Yahoo homepage about people in their mid to late twenties having what they termed as the “quarter life crisis” and I’d laugh. No scoff. No both.
Well now who’s laughing?
Not so long ago a friend of mine said he felt like a rudderless boat. I sympathized and tried to encourage him, reminding him that the Lord has great plans for his life and He’ll reveal it in His perfect timing. (On a side note, why is it always so much easier to see the adventure, potential and be eagerly expectant for other people’s lives, but not your own?) But it wasn’t till this past August that I truly understood… So this is what it feels like to be a rudderless boat!
I know this is all sounding really vague. It is. On purpose. Because truthfully I don’t really feel like hanging all my sick nasty laundry out there for everyone to read. No one wants to read that. Not even (especially!) me.
But even a rudderless boat has an anchor. And even though I won’t be in the new Quijada piece, I have anchor points.
On the first day of our season, oddly enough I had little if any rehearsal (bare with me… it was in early July!). So I spent the day in prayer and journaling to the Lord, consecrating this season to Him. And He specifically gave me these anchor points – anchor verses – that He not only knew I would need, but that He wants me cling to throughout this season. And cling I have! I hope they’re an encouragement to you too. So Anchor Points: Anchor’s away!
“Trust in the Lord and do good; dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture. Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him and He will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun. Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him; do not fret when evil men succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.” ~ Psalm 37:3-7
“… let us draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another- and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” ~ Hebrews 10:22-25
“So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. For in just a very little while, ‘He who is coming will come and will not delay. But my righteous one will live by faith. And if he shrinks back I will not be pleased with him.’ But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who believe and are saved.” ~ Hebrews 10:35-39
“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” ~ Hebrews 11:1
“And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.” ~ Romans 5:2b-5
“But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what he already has? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.” ~ Romans 8:24b-25
“In the morning, O Lord you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and I wait in expectation.” ~ Psalm 5:3