I am not going to lie, it has been a rough week.
Every member of the family has had some sort of trial fall upon them, a sort of pile-up you could say.
All at once.
There were prayers, kleenex and a great many cups of hot cocoa.
It's been a good week, just in the sense that a lot has been accomplished, but it was neither smooth nor easy sailing.
Sometimes our work for the glory of God is anything but glorious.
Truth right there folks....
So, several evenings ago I was extremely relieved to have planned an evening out with an older lady from church. I have been hanging on to some ballet tickets for two weeks, and the performance date had arrived. God really knows what we need before we need it. (I have several other examples of that evident in my life right now).
Turns out there is a professional Christian ballet company called "Magnificat". Their purpose is to glorify the name of Christ through high-quality dance productions. And. . . they do exactly that.
One of the reasons I bought tickets to this (even in the wake of attending Riverdance ) is from pure amazement of what this company was attempting, and curiosity to see how they would execute it...
What a gift to transform the arts into a pathway to point cross-ward, to Jesus.
In their ballet about spiritual warfare, inspired by C.S. Lewis' Screwtape Letters, Ballet Magnificat blew my mind out of the water!
"Stratagem" is not your typical ballet.
Infused with the schemes and tactics employed by Satan's forces, this ballet is moving, jarring, and ultimately soul-stirring. I highly doubt anyone could leave without asking a few questions about faith, temptation and personal weaknesses.
During Act 2 I could not help but thanking the Lord. Here we were, our eyes filled with some heavy, dark concepts, and yet there it was.
Good will win folks. Reality is, this weakness is temporary. Our hearts will be made perfect one day, our bodies new!
It came first as a whisper in my heart, then proceeded from my lips. Oh Jesus...my savior.
My comforter and provider. What have I to offer except my praise?
Magnify the Lord, I will.
And as the dancers came back on stage at the end of the ballet, something unexpected happened.
An echo of my heart.
A dance of praise, of worship.
For the honor of One.
That is why they danced. That is why we all must do whatever we do.
For the Glory and Magnification of God.