Newly married, Kirby and I have lots of exciting things we are looking forward to. We are saving as much as possible hoping to purchase our first home by the end of the year. So, you can imagine my squealing surprise when I opened my Christmas present this year from my sweet husband…an official invitation to an evening in the city to see Disney’s Broadway Production, the Newsies, at the Fox Theater. Say wwhat?! (Ladies, any man that would sacrifice a night of watching Supercross or any other sports event to watch a Broadway production with you simply because he loves you is DEFINITELY a winner) We checked into our hotel to get ready for the show, but not before thoroughly enjoying the 15th story view of the city, complete with a perfect sight of the St. Louis arch right outside our room’s balcony.
All dressed up, we headed over to the Spaghetti Factory where Kirby had made us dinner reservations. We have made a habit of asking our waiters/waitresses if they have any needs we can pray for since we will be praying before we eat anyway. (This to be a great way for us to practice stepping out in faith). William, our sweet, older waiter blessed us with his kind heart and energetic spirit – while he had no needs, he was extremely touched, gripped our hands, and asked if there was anything we needed prayer for. Moments like these are what it’s all about folks!
The Fox Theater was an ABSOLUTE treat. It’s like stepping back in time with the huge ceilings, low lighting, intricate, beautiful moldings. I love getting to appreciate raw talent (which there was certainly no lack of). The story featured a group of orphan boys from the late 1800’s that sold newspapers. After the newspaper’s owner significantly increased the prices on the boys they decide to go on strike to stand for what’s right. A band of David’s out to fight Goliath, one of the most powerful men in New York City. The bright stage lights, the huge moving props, the choreography and singing were all absolutely lovely! It was the perfect night. My husband loves me so well. I’m one lucky girl. If you ever get the opportunity to go to the Fox, I highly suggest it.
Something about the production had me pondering on the drive home. The orphan boys had nothing, yet they went out armed with courage and boldness to go against the odds to make a difference, and they succeeded! What is the giant in my own life right now? Currently, it would honestly probably be a fear of failure. Sitting in the passenger seat of the truck, God reminded me that my success in life is not dependent upon the doubts of others or my own, but rather the degree to which I’m staying focused on His promises. It’s God reminding me, “Hellooo, remember when I said that you are more than a conqueror Sydney?” Me, “Ohhh yeahhhh….You did say that didn’t you.” Haha, God is so cool! So I leave you with this, let’s be people of victory armed with truth and love and not afraid to face our giants and pursue our true purpose!