While Still Starry-Eyed in Dreamy LaLa Land
The phone rang, on what would have "normally" been an average Saturday. My husband, who had called me from work, asked me what I was doing.
In a "Pinch-me-because-I-cannot-even-believe-what-I'm-about-to-tell-you-ACTUALLY-happened!” kind of voice, I quickly answered, "Telling the kids about my phone conversation with [Filmmaker Prayer Assignment]!" To which he asked, "Your WANNA-BE phone conversation with [Filmmaker Prayer Assignment]?"
"NOOOOO, my REAL phone conversation with [Filmmaker Prayer Assignment]!" (Didn't he believe me?)
I know it sounded crazy. I had been praying for this tv star only from a distance, but I wanted very much to become his intercessor on a closer, more personal, deeper level. I had a strong, unrelenting sense that this man was my “Prayer Assignment” from God, and I intensely wanted to serve him MORE in prayer. To use my husband's phrase “wanna-be,” I was a “wanna-be-more” intercessor for him. Although, I did not know it at the time because I did not yet understand, I was actually a “Wanna-be-Battle-Closet-Prayer Warrior” for him.
Much to my surprise, and apparently to my husband's great surprise also, through a series of God-ordained events, I ended up calling my filmmaker prayer assignment. This terribly scared, shy, insecure, socially clueless and awkward girl, who frequently blushes with a flaming, bright red glow, and has been known to shake uncontrollably, “cry,” and even worse, when she has to talk to people, actually picked up the phone (with much fear, with trembling hands, and with a pounding, racing heart, I might add!) and called the prayed-for tv star!
I don't blame my husband for assuming I was referring to my WANNA-BE conversation, because, at the time, it seemed too “dreamy” to be true! Scared, shy, insecure me and an actor, director, and producer of tv shows and movies just does not add up – at least not in “reality” – only in my “dreamy LaLa Land!”
But I learned VERY QUICKLY that this is no “dreamy fantasy!” I learned VERY QUICKLY that I was called to fight in a brutal BATTLE, and there were going to be slaughtered casualties if I didn't snap out of “Starry-Eyed, Dreamy LaLa Land,” pick up my weapons of warfare, enter the battle, and fiercely fight to gain the victory! THAT is the day my life radically started to change. And THAT is the day God called me to battle, like never before, in my closet!
What Practical Application Nugget Did We Learn?
Praying for filmmakers is NOT a dreamy fantasy; it is a brutal battle, but that brutal battle has the power to radically change our lives!
Practical Application Power Prayer
Father God, snap me out of any “Starry-Eyed, Dreamy LaLa Land,” and wake me up from any preconceived “fantasy” ideas that I have about praying for filmmakers. Show me the true nature of the battle, but also show me the power prayer can have on my life, as well as the culture! Thank You, God! AMEN!