The Art of God
God speaks through us and to us in exciting, mysterious ways.
Skyela Bussey is a soldier at the Spring Valley, N.Y., Corps in the Greater New York Division. For the past four years, she has worked hard to develop her gift for drama and acting. The skills needed for a great performance, such as passion, focus, and memorization, now come naturally to her.
“I wasn’t good at all in the beginning!” says Skyela, smiling. “I couldn’t remember a single word, and I had no focus in bringing emotion to the performance piece. I found it strange that, as humans, we are naturally emotional beings, but it was just so different having to turn it on and off.”
For Skyela, drama is more than just a fun activity; it’s a powerful ministry that an actor can use to communicate God’s message of love to an audience, sometimes without the performer saying a single word.
“With performing, I can use my talent for God, and share His love with people. Personally, acting has made me fearless in how I live my life,” says Skyela.
“Art programs such as dance and drama bring a community together. Young people bond in their common interests, talents, and love for the Lord.
Skyela remembers a moment early in her life when she was in the presence of God on a different stage.
“When I was 11, I had a dream that God told me He wanted me to be a missionary in China,” says Skyela. “Of course, at that age, I didn’t know much about China, or even about being a missionary!
“The next morning, I casually told my parents, ‘By the way, I think God spoke to me about what He wants me to do with my life.’ They were shocked. But they wanted to know every detail.”
In 2015, Skyela won 1st place at the Territorial Star Search for Drama Monologue, Level 3.
In the fall, she will attend college and major in education, the first step in what may take her on the path to fulfilling her dream.
For an actor addressing an audience for the first time, or a young person beginning his or her path to adulthood, the unknown can be a scary place. But Skyela knows Who is directing her, on stage and in life.
“My favorite verse is Matthew 6:34: ‘Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough worry on its own.’ God has helped me deal with my worry, my stress, and my fear, and He reminds me to not worry about it,” says Skyela.
“I will always know that God is in control.”
by Hugo Bravo