Awhile back I attended an Alex DeGrassi guitar workshop. It’s funny, but when I first learned about it, the thought never really occurred to me that perhaps I should go.
Oh, I guess it did enter my conciousness for a brief moment or so, but I quickly dismissed the idea as completely ridiculous. After all, it was too far away and I probably couldn’t afford it anyway.
There would likely be some very talented guitarists attending this workshop too, and I might not be able to hold my own or meet the requirements. Besides, I have problems with pain in my elbow and carpal tunnel syndrome in my left wrist. The thumb on my right hand has been bothering me too, lately and…
Can you guess what my biggest problem really was?
That’ right. 🙄
Alex Degrassi has been my favorite fingerstyle guitarist for many years. I have often said in the past that I would love to spend time watching him play and learning his techniques. Now here was the opportunity of a lifetime staring me in the face, and I was going to let it slip through my fingers all because of fear. Have you ever done anything like that?
It seems a little ironic that I was reading about this very subject in my bible last week. The Israelites had just been miraculously delivered from the bondage of slavery in Egypt. Moses was leading them out of the city in victory. Everything looked great- for awhile. But it wasn’t long before Pharaoh decided he had made a mistake in letting them go and set out after them in hot pursuit. The Israelites suddenly found themselves trapped
between Pharoah’s army and the Red Sea. They were gripped with FEAR. What would they do now?
Well, if you know the story, God delivered them again (and again, and again, and again).
Sometimes the obstacles we face in life seem impossible for us to get past don’t they? Whether they be personal limitations, setbacks, weaknesses, or fear. The Exodus story helped me to realize that I had become a victim of fear, but God was able to see me through if I only trusted Him.
Well, I signed up for the workshop, played some of my instrumental guitar pieces, ate some great food and enjoyed a private concert performed by Alex DeGrassi and 2 special guests. I even got to play miniature golf with Alex and the other students. Guess what? I won!