I dragged hubby to the Tampa Performing Arts Center the other night to see the Rockettes. 🙂 (He’s a good sport.) And at the 3/4 quarter point they started doing this song with an encore ending, and I said to him, “This feels like a finale. Doesn’t this feel like a finale? But it’s not over yet.”
And then they brought the curtain down, and then they had a living Nativity, followed by a reading of that “One Solitary Life” piece. The Nativity was beautiful, complete with two live camels, a donkey, and a couple of sheep.
Afterwards–no curtain call for the dancers or singers. Just a quiet, dignified good night from the announcer.
And on the way home I thought about the producers’ commitment to excellence–I mean, I’ll bet they’ve hired two or three people just to travel with and care for those animals who were only on the stage five minutes. Yet it was important to them. Details matter.
And I thought about the Rockettes–there are no “stars” in the kick line, in fact, from a distance the young women are virtually indistinguishable from each other. Yet thousands of girls work their feet to the bleeding point just for a place in that line.
And isn’t that what we can/should do? Not worry about having a “starring” role in the Lord’s service, but just to be content to work hard for a place in the kick line. Just to be honored and grateful that we’re kicking it up for Jesus.
Okay, I know I’m venturing near an edge. 🙂 But still, I loved the analogy . . . and the fact that the show ended with Jesus as the star.
P.S. Don’t forget the encore airing of THE NOTE on tonight (Thurs) at 9 p.m. EST.