Aren’t movies, plays, and other live performances marvelous? We can hardly wait for the latest “blockbusters” or tickets for our most anticipated events to be released. We often find ourselves checking websites for new information or trailers, discussing suspected plot twists with family or friends, or eagerly planning for that special “premiere” night out.
When the time arrives to go, we gather early at the theater, sometimes bravely defying darkness, cold, or inclement weather to purchase our tickets. But we wouldn’t miss the show for anything. The theater greets us with a sweeping blaze of spotlights, twinkling marquee lights, and brilliant, colorful streaks of neon. Lavish carpeting, richly papered walls, and palatial adornments welcome everyone inside and the appetizing aroma of buttered popcorn entices us to the snack bar—where a colorful array of confections and fountain drinks awaits.
Fortified with armfuls of treats, we find our places and settle back comfortably in plush seats. We chat quietly amongst ourselves for a few minutes as others file in and then, the moment we’ve all been waiting for finally arrives. The house lights dim and the curtain slowly rises, a hush falls over the audience, and the performance begins.
Within moments, reality fades away and we find ourselves in another world—a world filled with romance, comedy, fantasy, or drama. We laugh. We cry. We gasp in fright or wonder at the unfolding scenes before us. Captivated by the skill of the actors or performers, we become so immersed in the experience that we forget who—and where, we really are. For several unforgettable hours, we’re transported to another place or another time, and allowed to experience something we otherwise might not. And we wouldn’t trade that experience for anything.
When the house lights rise and the final curtain falls, we often find ourselves mildly disheartened, for we know we must return to our everyday lives and reality. Our sudden return somehow leaves us wanting so much more. In some performances, the audience rises and erupts in heartfelt and thunderous applause. The standing ovation and shouts of “Encore!”, “Encore!” remind us that we’ve witnessed something we’ll never forget. In fact, the very recall of it will later fill us with renewed emotion and an even deeper sense of appreciation.
In this grand theater and on the ever-changing stage of Life, we are the co-writers, the directors, and the performers of our own productions. God, the One Infinite Creator—in the guise of us and our many fellow actors, is our audience. Through the gift of Free Will, “He” has allowed us to create and share our own stories. In His own way, God laughs with us, cries with us, and deeply appreciates us. Indeed, that’s why He loves us unconditionally. As we share our own stories, we allow Him to fully experience Himself as All That Is. After all, it is only through us and all the other Beings of Creation that He may come to know Himself.
Your life has been and will continue to be a living masterpiece. It’s a magnificent tribute to the one and only you. I AM here today, gazing in wonder, in awe, and in appreciation of your work. I AM here today, standing to applaud you—and your wonderful story. Though it may have only just begun, it’s already a superlative presentation! And when the final curtain someday falls on this particular scene of your life, know that you will have humbly given your all to present the performance of a lifetime.
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