Must the show go on?

Years ago, someone told me the story of a choir performance gone wrong. A traveling group of young singers went from church to church, uplifting the congregations with their beautiful music and positive message of hope in Christ. One of these performances took place at a small church. Crowded for space, some of the singers stood on a board that was balanced across the baptistery. During the performance, a young man standing on the board lost his balance and grabbed frantically for something to save him from falling. He settled for grabbing the long hair of the young woman in front of him, and managed not to fall. All the while, the young woman continued to sing. She did not cry or distract from the concert. She kept her cool and the singing went on.
From time to time, I remember this story, thinking of the composure that young woman must have had. She managed to stay composed throughout a painful experience. It’s a great “the show must go on!” anecdote. And yet, was it necessary? 
Sometimes we are called to do the hard thing, and it is righteous and God-honoring. But other times, we are called to stop, and heal. We don’t have to pretend that everything is fine. It may be inconvenient. It may disrupt other people’s plans. Whether it’s grief, rejection, or some other sort of pain, we can look to God for that healing. Psalm 34:17 tells us, “The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears, And delivers them out of all their troubles.” The One who created us cares about us and hears us. And as He heals, He prepares us to help others who will travel a similar journey. 
Whether “the show must go on”, or it’s time for a break, God is with us. He will give us the strength to go on, or a pathway to heal. Seek His will through prayer and His Word. 

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