At a Stop Light

Monday, March 07, 2016

March 7, 2014

It's Monday evening and I just put a casserole into the oven. This will be the first dinner I've made for my family since Thursday night. We're TIRED around here, but we're not alone. Now I know exactly what the line, "the show must go on!" actually means.

Opening weekend went off without a hitch even though so many of the cast and crew were fighting all kinds of sicknesses. We made it through the last few weeks of rehearsals and the first weekend of performances on pure fumes. It's the Monday I've been looking forward to and I'm STILL running on fumes (and I'm not even IN the show).

We're taking it slow. We're enjoying our first night home in weeks.

With all of this going and going and going, I've seen how fragile I really am. I cannot run on sack lunches or fast food or a number of hours of sleep that just keeps shrinking.

On my way to the store the other day a pastor came on the radio and he was talking about sin. As I sat at a stop light, it hit me...The good news of the Gospel is this: we're sinners and by God's grace and Christ's blood, we're saved. No explanations required. No hiding tolerated. As person after person turned into the lane beside me, I looked each one in the face and wondered about them. Do they feel like they HAVE to have it all together? What would they hide if they could?

And then I asked myself the same question. How much energy do I put into making myself look better than I actually am? Even if it's one second (and it's a lot more than that, I promise you), it's too much.

We're sinners. That means we don't have it together. That means that we all have stuff we'd rather just cover up and gloss over.

By God's grace and Christ's blood, we're saved. No explanations required. No hiding tolerated.

"Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him." John 3:36

Funny what a few minutes at a stop light or driving through the rain can teach you.

I know this isn't the birthday pictures I promised you...I'll be back with those another day!


  1. I love it when these little thoughts hit us--especially in the mundane and everyday moments! I feel like I constantly put pressure on myself to look and appear like I've got it all put together, especially since we're told to put our best foot forward and do our best. But, like you said, we're ALL sinners. We're NOT perfect. And we don't have to hide. Thank you for that sweet reminder that being our real, true selves is what's best!

  2. So true!

    And hey, I hope you get some good rest soon, friend!


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