On Broadway or No Broadway?

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You’re sitting in the seat, program in hand.  You’ve waited in line, now you’re waiting for the show to start.  The curtain rises, the anticipation has delivered well.  Sitting right in the middle, best seats in the theater.

Broadway is everything you thought it would be and then some.

I’ve been to a few plays on Broadway in NYC.  Loving every minute of it, with an atmosphere that is all you had hoped and dreamed of!  A Beautiful production with lavish costumes, and amazing voices deliver notes that are melodiously praise worthy.

Once that curtain goes up, and what stands before your eyes is something you will never forget.

Trying to explain being at a Broadway play is almost impossible.  It truly is something you have to experience first hand for yourself.  At least this is how I feel about them.  I realize being at a play may not be everyone’s “cup of tea” though.

“The Lion King” was the first one that I went to.  My heart was pumping from the first moment “Rafiki” stepped out on that stage, until the very end when the curtain went down.  “Phantom of The Opera”, who could forget that singing.   And “Beauty and The Beast” made me feel like a little girl again.

I can’t even begin to imagine the preparation going into one of those plays. 

I’m going with friends in a few weeks to see the Broadway production of “Wicked” in Nashville and I can’t wait!  We are all excited and looking forward to it.

I’ve tried to paint as well as I could how lavish a production a Broadway play  is.

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As beautiful as they are, you might would think that this is how God would want us to come to him.  But it’s not.  I think we think this is how we are supposed to be.  We have a mind-set that we have to make a big production in talking to our Papa God.

If we are “showy” before Him, surely we will get His attention and he will be so pleased!  Have you ever thought this before?

Come before God plain and simple.  He doesn’t want or need a lavish Broadway production.  He wants you.

“Do you think all God wants are sacrifices – empty rituals just for show?  He wants you to listen to Him!  Plain listening is the thing, not staging a lavish religious production.”  1 Samuel 15:22 MSG

He wants just YOU.

Don’t put on a mask.

Don’t put on a lavish costume.

Don’t deliver a line worthy of the stage.

“When you come before God, don’t turn that into a theatrical production.”  Matthew 6:5 MSG

Just be yourself before your Papa God. When you come before him, just the two of you in a quiet reverence, that’s more beautiful than any play that will ever be produced on Broadway.

Lion King

The Author

Hey there....so glad you dropped by! My name is Elizabeth Maxwell, but everyone knows me as "Beth." I am the wife to Kevin Maxwell of 35 years. We have 3 grown sons, one daughter-in-law, and our adopted daughter Maria. God laid on our hearts to experience the adoption journey in 2000. Our sweet Maria is special needs and from Bulgaria. God has truly been with us every step of the way on our journey with her. I live in the beautiful foothills state of Tennessee. I love my beautiful Tennessee home. From the foothills to the whippoorwills, God's beauty shines forth here. I love to laugh often. I enjoy old movies, reading books, and I love to sing southern gospel songs, especially the ones with a little bit of country. I love my sweet little job, working with Kindergartners...and yes "kids do say the darndest things!" I am encouraged by God's word and I love to dig into it. I am by no means a scholarly expert, but I do delight in His encouragement for me. I am a friend of God...after all, God's got my back! And not just my back - "He goes before me." (Deuteronomy 31:8) "He's right beside me." (Hebrews 13:5) and, "He surrounds me on every side." (Psalm 125:2) These verses remind me that I am not alone while traveling on this "Journey Called Life!" Won't you travel with me? While on this journey, I may share a recipe, a book, or even a movie or song that I love....but most of all I want to share God's word with you. My prayer is that you will be encouraged, and know that you are not alone on this journey called life!

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