So little-known fact about me, in high school I took theater for four years. I absolutely loved it, I loved being a part of the shows we put on, I loved the exercises we did, we just had so much fun! Now being completely honest I was not very good Haha. But that did not stop me from trying, I tried out for almost every play that was put on in the four years that I attended that school, and I was in 4. In all of the plays I was a part of, I never had a leading role. In fact in the very first one I was in I was just an understudy. I got to play a small role one night out of the week that it ran but I loved it none the less.
Sometimes in life it feels like we're being a part of someone else's story and that we are just the background character. In the church, at home, and school sometimes it just feels like we don't matter. But really what's wrong with being the background character, what's wrong with being the supporting role. If there was only the lead actor in a play it would be two hours one person speaking and I guarantee you that the audience would lose interest real fast.
I was recently reading a book that I highly recommend, and it's in my last Friday favorite post, The book is titled Becoming His–finding your place as a daughter of God. It is such a great book each chapter takes a look at the life of a woman in the Bible. It breaks down her story from her perspective and gives a little commentary and questions to her life. I hope you do read it but to give you a little bit of a spoiler the second chapter it's all about Noah's wife. That is something that I personally felt connected to. No name, Noah's wife. Being a pastor’s wife I can't tell you how many times in the course of my life I have been called, Christian's girlfriend, Christian's fiance, Christian's wife. My own grandmother introduced me and my husband to her brother as Christian and Christian's wife!
But in this chapter it talks about how Noah’s wife was a support system, his background character, not even a name. But one of my favorite parts in the chapter the author writes, "Most might overlook Noah’s wife especially as she is nameless in the Word. The beautiful part of the story is that she wasn't nameless to God." That hit me so hard! It's so true even when we feel like we are living in someone else's story even when at the moment our role is to be a supporting character we are not nameless to God.
I hope you all have someone who supports you, who you can go to who is your supporting role in the times that you need them to be. But in the times that we are placed in the role of being a supporting person to someone else whether it be a friend, husband, a family member we need to realize how important that is. They cannot do it without our support just like we cannot get through so many situations in life without the support of others. Do you have resources to help someone struggling? Do you have words to help a hurting co-worker and friend? Do you have Godly advice for a husband who desperately needs it? Do you just have your presence for someone who needs a shoulder to cry on? Support each other in words and actions don't think this makes you less because you were not at the forefront. In the end we will realize it is not about us, it is about what God can do through us. But never forget God uses you where you are at and you are not nameless to him.
But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him. For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.” 1 Samuel 16: 7