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Topic: Purposefulness (Purpose in Life) (05/25/06)
TITLE: Drama Queen Moms Designed
By Wendy Stewart-Hamilton
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She gains mastery; acquires a title and is welcomed into the inner circle of motherhood complete with the knowledge that it is okay to be a drama queen. In fact, being a drama queen is necessary to our understanding that our children have a purpose in life that is dependent and independent of us. On most days this purpose seems benign. On other days you can bet that there is a different agenda in there, hatched seemingly by the devil himself.
Every good and perfect gift comes from God and I am pretty certain that snakes, snails and puppy dogs let loose in the house with muddy paws come from a less divine source. Or perhaps not, maybe God wants to test our abilities in dramatic arts and perfect us as a drama queen mom.
Life, like good fiction, is based on a whole lot of facts that weave the reader into a story, creating interest, capturing a bond and building on one thing: Drama.
Every mom knows what drama is. From the panic she feels when she lays in bed at night with the baby monitor clutched possessively to her head, she attaches herself to drama. She waits on baited breath for a coo, a sigh, a gurgle, a sniff, a cough, a hack, well, not too much of a hack, and she anticipates good things, bad things, great things, trivial things, and any number of things that could affect the perfect rest of her baby. This is drama.
When her child gets chosen last, comes in at the end of the pack, makes a bad grade, gets into a fight with a friend, a mom feels her child’s drama. She knows that drama and in her knowledge she knows that she must be a drama queen. She has to rule over these emotions and move them in the direction of hope and healing for her child.
When hearts get broken and careless words are spoken, a momma knows that this is just a token gift from God, letting a drama queen mom know that indeed, God’s grace is sufficient. It is more than enough in every situation.
Moms know the importance of grabbing drama and steering it in a logical direction. A drama queen mom knows the importance of teaching kids in the way they should go and giving them the skills necessary to achieve life in their own bent, even if their bent seems a little bent out of shape. Drama queens know how to deal with this. They know that love and logic sometimes seem like opposites but in truth they are bound together in such inner ways that nothing is ever a superficial surface issue. Everything leads us back to the main characters and teaches us that as much as possible we are to live peacefully with everyone, everywhere, and in everything. We are not to be stumbling blocks and create more drama, but we are to strengthen others as we also desire to be strengthened in our weaknesses. It is in these moments that we find that the dramas in our lives connect us to the real purpose of life – they give us the opportunity to trust God and His methods in the middle of life’s madness. We know that our dramas are God-directed and that the ending is going to be better than beginning. Such is the way with good fiction, and it holds true for a life driven by God.
So, the next time you catch yourself getting worked up over something realize, God was training you for this. This is your curtain call. This is your opportunity to shine and to climb that mountain and be victorious. This is your drama. Speaking of drama, and victory, and mountains, my three year old is almost done building his grand pile of toys, books, boxes and more and is about to embark on a rescue effort of a timed-out toy five shelves up and me, well, it is time for me to be the drama queen mom God has trained me to be and instill some logic in the boy.
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