It was February, 2016 and my friend Wanda was officially excited. She had just purchased tickets for her sister and her to see the Broadway production of Hamilton in New York. She had heard nothing but rave reviews for the musical, and she knew this would be a magical night.
For the next two months, Wanda had difficult containing her excitement. She was obsessed with the musical’s soundtrack, listening to it day and night. She made her hotel reservation, secured her flight and actually packed her bag for New York three weeks in advance. It was all she thought about.
The night finally arrived, and she felt a rush of adrenaline as she entered the Richard Rodgers Theatre. And then she began to hear the buzz. And she could feel the disappointment hanging in the air.
The creator and star of Hamilton, Lin-Manual Miranda was sick and would not be performing at that evening’s performance. An understudy was taking over. Miranda was the driving force behind the production, and Wanda felt her heart sink as she made her way to her seat.
The house lights dimmed and the music began. The play opened and the understudy appeared on stage and sang his first words: “My name is Alexander Hamilton.”
It was then that the unexpected happened. The audience burst into applause. The actors froze on stage for a good twenty seconds waiting for the cheers to die down. It truly was a magical moment.
The understudy was magnificent. Wanda and her sister left the theatre inspired. It was a night she would never forget.
Some two years later, I’m still thinking about Wanda’s magical night, this time as it relates to my faith. When Jesus was on Earth, he was literally a Superstar. He was the main attraction, the Man everyone came to see.
When he left our planet and returned to Heaven, he did something very simple: He entrusted all of us to be his understudies.
- He asked us to study our roles and deliver performances of love.
- He asked us to not only know our part, but to bring passion to the world and carry on His mission.
- He asked us to deliver performances that inspire. Every day. With everyone.
In Mark’s Gospel, Jesus said: “Go into the whole world and proclaim the gospel to every creature.”
The audience is waiting, the lights are dimming. Are you ready?
Dan Herda is an editor of theROCK.