Breaking Through The Fourth Wall

For he himself is our peace; in his flesh he has made both groups into one and has broken down the dividing wall. — Ephesians 2:14

I learned that one refers to the audience in a stage play or musical as the “fourth wall,” and when a performer addresses the audience directly its called breaking through “the fourth wall.”

This lent we have talked a lot about service, meditation, sacrifice, and one can consider those as three supporting walls in our life’s drama, and we act our lives in front of our audience, God. Sometimes the play goes off like clockwork, but sometimes we forget our lines or forget to block properly. Even worse is when someone else blows their part and it ruins the play for the others.

At some point in our life it appropriate to turn to the audience and address God directly through prayer. And no matter how bad the play or how many times we’ve forgotten our part “he himself is our peace and he breaks down that fourth wall.” No play is a failure or a dud its a roaring success in his eyes.

Have doubts about this? Have you ever attended a children’s play? The younger the better. There are no bad actors or blown lines in the eyes of a parent. Those parents always are there to say “great job.”

As Lent draws to a close it is time to turn and speak to God directly, much like the narrator in Our TownGod will break down the fourth wall and say “Good job, true and faithful servant” no matter how many lines we blew.

Editor’s Note: There is always a debate when Lent ends, and I when can have my oatmeal raisin cookie. I still hold to the pronouncement of Little Rock’s matriarch, Mrs. Worthen, who says Lent ends after one attends church Friday noon. Many others differ with her opinion, and please don’t ask what happens if you don’t go to church on Friday. According to Mrs. Worthen that wasn’t a possibility. Whenever Lent ends thank you for joining the Pew during your Lenten journey and have a Happy Easter!


About the author

Webb Hubbell, former Associate Attorney General of The United States, is an author and speaker. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, A Game of Inches, The Eighteenth Green, and The East End are published by Beaufort Books and are available online or at your local bookstore. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps and The Eighteenth Green won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller.

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