In the sports world it’s known as halftime… that brief interval between the first and second half of a game that allows the players to rest and adjust their strategy while the rest of us restock our supply of cheese nachos and Diet Coke. Only the most fickle fans would ever leave a game that early. Why?
Contest are never won or lost in the first half of the game. No matter how far ahead or behind a team is in the first half, it is what happens in the second half that determines the outcome. I could “life is a game” metaphor ad nauseam. However, since “life is a performance” is the theme of this article, there is another word I want us to consider that is crucial in recovering from our mistakes: intermission.
Many times the director will schedule a break in a long production to give performers and the audience time to rest and… well, you know 🙂 Does anyone remember when long, epic movies contained intermissions? Most concerts that I attend seem to have an intermission… a time to refresh, relax and stretch.
In life, intermission is that period of time between our failure and our future. Our intermission usually begins with some major mistake (or the fallout from that mistake). The curtain seems to come down on our life, and we… as well as others watching… assume that our story is over. However, our story doesn’t have to end with our failure! The curtain can rise again on a wonderful second act! But before that can happen, we need to understand and use this pause between our failure and our future. In case you have not yet grasped the concept of intermission, let me illustrate it for you. Intermission is that time between…
1. A divorce and the beginning of another meaningful relationship
2. A termination and employment in a job you really desire
3. A bankurupcy and financial solvency
4. A revelation of your immorality and the restoration of your reputation
While intermissions in movies or plays can be enjoyable, most of us would never choose to endure an intermission in life. This interruption is usually marked by guilt over our failure and apprehension about our future. We wait, and we wonder if the curtain will ever rise again.
God uses this pause to prepare us for an every better second act… if we are willing to cooperate with Him. As you look through the Bible, you’ll discover that the Divine Director has always used intermissions in the lives of His people.
Till Next Time,