Peter Pan’s mom was a nervous wreck the other night.
My son has a lead part in our school’s show choir this year. You may have viewed a few photos in a previous post.
The theme for this year’s show is Peter Pan, and let me tell you, it’s nothing short of incredible. My son is blessed to play the role of that boy who refused to grow up.
“He flies without wings. His shadow leads a merry little life of its own. Face-to-face with the terrible Captain Hook, Peter dispatches that pirate with jaunty ease. Peter is at home with mermaids and understands their language. He is twelve years old forever simply because he refuses to grow up beyond that comfortable age. Most remarkable of all, he knows where Never Land is and how to get there.”
With much humility, Zach fits the part well, and I couldn’t be a bit more proud of him… in more ways than just with this show. God has blessed Zach, and he’s using his gifts and talents to bless others.
Zach is often found kicking around a soccer ball, as he’s a teammate on our high school soccer team. Most people know him as a soccer player, not a guy on stage who can sing and dance. This side of him has surprised a few people. But really, he’s been singing since he was a toddler.
This is his third year in show choir, and each year has been great. But let me tell you, this new role has been a voyage into uncharted waters for all of us.
I wasn’t expecting to be so nervous for my son.
When they performed two weeks ago, this mom was a nervous wreck. Why? I had no reason to be. I had full confidence in my son, and more importantly, I had full confidence in God.
Just a couple hours prior to their performance we prayed together… my son and one of his friends, my daughter, and their cousin. An impromptu prayer, as we held hands in the center of one of the school hallways. We prayed for them, their nerves, and their performance. I guess we should have included Peter Pan’s mom in the prayer, too.
For goodness’ sake, it’s not like my Peter Pan was flying off to Never Land or something. He was just doing his thing on stage. Why on earth was I so nervous for him? Maybe it was because this heart of mine desired for him to excel, to nail his solos, to sing and dance well and to have fun, for him to feel great about his performance. I don’t know.
The only thing–and the best thing–I could do was pray through my nervousness.
So that’s what I did.
Is there something that makes you a nervous wreck? Is there something you’re worried about? Friend, pray. Tell God what you need. Give your worry, your nervousness to Him. Then let it go. He’ll take it.
He took mine, and as I heard and watched Zach nail his performance, I knew he wasn’t alone up there on that stage. I knew Someone was right there with Zach, equipping him, strengthening him, and filling him with joy as he sang and danced his heart out.
There was nothing to be nervous about. God’s got this, just as He’s got my Peter Pan.
Hopefully next time I’ll do a better job of remembering that.
Thank you for allowing me to share this new part of our family’s journey.
(a.k.a. Peter Pan’s mom)
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Julie, thank you so much for sharing this!
Congratulations to Zach…and to Peter Pan’s Mom.
Thank you, Andrew. This is one of those I wrote probably more for our family’s sake than anyone else’s. I appreciate your encouragement.
How fun and exciting, Julie! Yes, we moms can get quite nervous for our kids in all kinds of circumstances. But I am so thankful that God tells us to lift up our requests to Him and relax. He’s the only One who can make a difference! Blessings to you, sweet friend!
You’re absolutely right, Sabra. He’s the only One who can make a difference. There’s such comfort in that truth. Thank you, friend!
He looks like he had a great time and the show looks like it was well done. Did he get to fly? If so, I would completely understand your nervousness! My son is a fireman and people ask me if I worry about him. Sometimes I wonder if I’m cold hearted or if I just trust in God because I really don’t worry. I guess I figure that Rich is capable and confident. And I can’t worry every time I hear the whistle blow. As you said, you know that God is right there with him. Now if he were a FDNY fireman, like he wanted to be, that might be a whole different story!
Wow, Mary, thank you for sharing your faith here. That’s exciting about your son. We have a close friend who is a fireman, so I can appreciate a little of what you son does. I don’t think you’re cold-hearted at all. You’re trusting God to take care of your son! No, my son doesn’t fly in this show, as they perform this show five more times in different venues. I thank God for that. So glad you stopped in and shared. You’re a blessing!
Your son looks like a natural! Thank you for sharing at The Weekend Brew!
Thank you, Barbie! Thanks for hosting the link each week! Bless you.
Julie-This is so great! Love that your son was Peter Pan but I know exactly what a mom’s nervousness feels like. Both of my sons have been involved either with music performances or other things that caused me to feel just like you. Thank you for the reminder from Philippians-verses we should always carry close as God’s promise that He’s got this! Thanks for sharing at The Weekend Brew.
Hi Mary! Thank you for stopping over from The Weekend Brew. Loved your post over there! I need to keep that Philippians verse close to me often. I’m glad we’ve shared such feelings regarding our sons and their performances. Glad we aren’t alone in this walk as moms. Bless you, dear friend!
Did the show choir group happen to compete in the Orlando qualifiers for the Fame competition circuit last year in March?
Yes! We were there and won! Did you see them perform?