We have a 10-year-old girl “Drama Queen” in our house and the word “drama” has become a very common vocabulary word in our lives. Every day there is some sort of “drama” we are dealing with. Miss Susie So-and-So didn’t talk to her at lunch, the teacher didn’t explain the homework well enough or her brother laughed when she asked him to pass her the salt. It always seems to be something. Though it is a bit annoying, it has provided us as parents with the opportunity to teach her some truths that we have learned over the years. For example, your best friend in the fifth grade may truly not be your Best Friend Forever, you really won’t die if you don’t pass this test and everyone else isn’t really going to (fill in the blank.) Susie will speak to you again and really someday you won’t even remember what you were fighting about….and eventually you may even run into her in the grocery store and for a moment forget her name! Give it time, you may even laugh at yourself someday.
We parents know. It’s not a big deal in the big scheme of things, so why all the drama?
I was sitting in church yesterday and had an ah-ha moment. It was if the Lord himself was shaking His head with a crooked smile on His face. “Oh Linda, this is not a big deal. One day you won’t even remember why you were bitter about this. You will realize that person didn’t intentionally hurt you and you may even recognize how silly you are being.” God knows this is not a big deal in the big scheme of things…no matter what it is. We don’t need all the drama.
I gave it some thought and recognize that this house has more than one “Drama Queen” and even a couple of “Drama Kings” from time to time. Just as it would be easier for our 10-year-old to listen to her parents and look at the big picture, so too, would it be easier for us all to listen to God and look at the big picture. He knows the big scheme of things, He created it!
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. –Jeremiah 29:11