From An Old Testament Theology, by Bruce Waltke:
“Helmut Thielicke once asked how we make decisions when we go to the theater. He suggested that before going, we ask certain questions. Unless we are ‘hopeless blockheads,’ Thielicke said, we want to know something about what is playing, who wrote it, who the main actors are, and who the director is.
Ironically, most people who go to the trouble of gathering such information for a couple of hours of entertainment do not ask similar questions before stepping out onto the stage of life. ‘But,’ asks Thielicke, ‘does not everything depend upon knowing these things?’
Unless such questions are asked and answered, a person risks embarrassment and bewilderment when the curtain rises. Not knowing the Director’s intention or one’s proper role in life’s play, a person wanders about babbling whatever comes to mind, waiting for the prompting of the moment to dictate what he or she will say or do. And when the curtain falls, such a ‘blockhead’ has the gnawing feeling that it has all been one terrible mistake.
In retrospect, he or she has engaged in some quarrelsome dialogue, lounged on a comfortable sofa in front of the TV, rummaged through boxes and filing cabinets, and played a love scene or two. But all of it would be as a tale told be an idiot, signifying nothing. Worse than that, the ‘actor’ would be under the Director’s wrath for wasting the role” (209-10).