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A Willing Heart

By February 5, 2020 No Comments

The 14th season of Ragtown productions will begin in a few weeks, and I don’t think I’ve ever seen a cast more enthused. They’re having way too much fun with Sweet Sixteen. For all the guys in the play, it just may be that they’re getting to wear pants for a change.

I’ve only seen a little snippet of one rehearsal, but that was enough to make me anxious for February 29th to get here.

It’s the first play that we’ve done that I had much to do with casting. Usually I write the plays and Glenn does the rest. This time was different. I told him who I had in mind for each part…before I’d even written the script! When I finally got it finished and he read it, he agreed. He could see those same people in the roles. Amazingly, every one of them made time to come and do the parts. It’s going to be so much fun!

But what I really wanted to share today was a note we received this week.  When the shows are in production, every weekend we receive so much encouragement from people who attend. You have no idea how grateful we are for those sweet words. But during these weeks leading up to a new show, when we’re building and painting the set, rehearsing the play and music, re-decorating, doing building maintenance and on and on, there are just not enough hours in the day to get everything done. Every production feels like a miracle when it all finally comes together.  But until it does, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed, and we all know what the enemy can do with that.

The timing of this “Thank You” note we got the other day was just so perfect.

“Greetings in the Glorious Name of Jesus. It’s been on my mind and heart to write and share the impact your production “Rhapsody of Angels” has had on me. The idea that the Angels would discuss, with awe and bewilderment, about Jesus leaving the Glory and Splendor of God’s presence to show us how to live, and redeem us—die on a cross—brought the Gospel Message to new light to my heart. Amazing love! Thank you for this ministry . We have been to two productions, and each time our experience there felt like a “holy hug.” You all are a treasure! God Bless you!”

It is such a sweet and encouraging message. But what I wanted to share was how God uses His kids to do special things. The angels depicted in Rhapsody of Angels are sent to defend us in amazing ways, the magnitude of which, we can’t even fathom.

But no less miraculous, are those God uses that we can see.

When the Spirit of the Creator God moves the heart of one of His children to take action…even something like taking the time to write a kind and supportive note and mailing it…and then that note provides another one of His kids with just the right reassurance at just the right moment? I call that amazing.

Not because it’s huge, but because it’s small.

It was just a thank you note…but imagine this: God thought it was worth the effort to touch that generous woman’s heart to write it and send it. He knew we needed a sincere word of encouragement right then, so He did something sort of miraculous to make that happen. He found a willing heart, and placed a desire there.

Sure, you could say she’s just a thoughtful person…but I think it was more than that.  Way more. I’m grateful to her for having that ready and willing heart.

Can’t wait to see you at Sweet Sixteen!