Every Drama Is Not Our Storm
…do you not care…? I remember a time in middle school when I jumped in some girl’s face expecting her to go toe to toe with me over some issue that I can’t recall. What I do remember is her turning her back on me and walking away. It was the perfect opportunity for me to make a bigger fool of myself which is exactly what I did. I also remember that when she walked away, my anger about the situation quickly turned to embarrassment. I was 12 at the time doing what I thought I was suppose to do. Today, when I think about it, given my size it’s hysterically funny. To my benefit, she walked away choosing not to be drawn into my drama. There are storms that rise in our lives without much provoking. Often they have very little to do with us, and what do we do? We create more storm! We alert other people to the situation, sometimes hysterically and when we don’t get the response we’re looking for we think nothing is being done. Leaning on the presence of God requires that we trust, that our faith in God’s Love for us is greater than other people’s dramatic hysterics (OPD), and more importantly greater than our own fears.
Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the Lord. Psalm 31:24 Be still and know that I am God! Psalm 46:10
One of the things we do have to do as ministers is evaluate constantly how much we are going to allow ourselves to be drawn in to other people’s drama. It is not that the drama is not important (though sometimes I have to admit OPD is definitely overstated) but we are finite creatures and if we go whole hog into everyone’s stuff we will soon find we have nothing left to offer anyone including the Lord.
Thank You and Amen – Been there and done that! It’s neither prettty nor fun. When I realized I filled every ounce of space I had with OPD I ended up with pneumonia. That wasn’t pretty or fun either but it did give me a month to re-examine my heart and purpose for God. I’ve never looked back. One of my many lessons.
We all have those lessons in our tool chest. If used properly they become powerful tools to change the world, don’t they?