Highlands Blog: The Hard Stuff in Life and on Stage
by Julie Method
Highlands Secondary Teacher &
Theater Department Director
Last year I knew I wanted to dive in and tackle Shakespeare with my drama students. I fear Shakespeare! Seriously, he is hard to understand, but I really felt the Lord leading me to help our students grow by tackling something hard.
Things are hard! Life is hard! I can’t count the amount of times in 24 years of teaching that a student has told me, “This is hard.”
I agreed. It was hard, yet I’ve shared over and over again that part of the learning process is tackling obstacles that feel like mountains–and then climbing to the peak of that problem. If we only did what was easy all the time, we would never learn or grow.
Last year I also started what was going to be the hardest (and one of the best) experiences of my life. I felt God had been calling me for a while to become a foster parent. So last October, I contacted 4Kids of South Florida and began the licensing process. It was hard; it was time consuming, but I knew God wanted me to take this mountain path.
I clung to these verses as I was climbing: Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight (Proverbs 3:5-6).
I was scared, but I wanted to submit. It was hard, but I wanted to trust God with all my heart. I knew this path was where God wanted me. On December 20, I got the call that I was licensed. Can I tell you–that was even harder! It felt like every moment of the day I was waiting and preparing for what God had for my near future. Every phone call, every text message…my heart would skip a couple of beats. Then on December 26, I got the call! My life was changed as I met the girl that God had been preparing to come into my home.
Wow, parenting is hard! I think my daughter would agree. Yet, I can’t quit. I have to hold even harder to the Lord, and I won’t stop just because it’s difficult.
This week my high school students will present Shakespeare, Ready or Not Here We Come! We have worked hard; we have studied the characters and their plays. We have written a comedy that has lots of interaction with the audience. We have struggled together and are excited to present our hard work to the Lord.
That’s what I have chosen to learn from my time with Shakespeare–actually this whole year! It’s hard, but I will work harder and trust the Lord as I stay on His path.
Miss Julie Method and the high school Thespians will present their Shakespeare comedy three times this coming weekend, November 15-17. Click HERE for info and tickets!