I am a lover of all things historical, especially historical fiction – one of my favorite things to do is to curl up with a good historical fiction novel and my cup of coffee and get lost in another time. I also firmly believe that the BBC historical dramas were created especially for me – to enjoy, to get absorbed in, and to cause me emotional distress! Anyone else have a breakdown when Sybil died?!
Watching has been more practical than reading lately, with the babies — I watch and listen while I’m making dinner, folding laundry or at the gym to get my dose of drama.
I won’t give away the title in case it would be a spoiler alert, but my newest series made me so mad this past weekend!! Well, the main character made me mad. The drama had been building for two seasons and he was flirting (literally) with infidelity the whole time – this time he went too far. We all saw it coming, and he really screwed up – he went for what he assumed was the greener grass of a past love rather than appreciating the great blessing he had at home in his devoted wife and baby son.
Now I’m sitting there fuming and yelling at this guy, going, “I just KNEW you were going to do that! I hoped better of you, but you did it. Look at all the people you hurt! Do you really think that was a good idea? What did you think would come of that?”
Then, I had a lightbulb moment and I got to thinking – isn’t that the same in our lives? God is watching us – He sees all of the wonderful blessings He has given us and can see that our choices are sometimes stupid, but He lets us make them anyway to learn our lesson. He says “small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it” (Matthew 7:14). His way is narrow but will bring blessing to our lives if we follow Him. Our ways are selfish, messy, convoluted, have consequences and cause hurt to those around us. I can almost see God shaking His head saying “I knew you were going to do that. If you only could see what I see….you are already blessed and your choice will only bring pain and sorrow. Can’t you be content with what I have given you?”
There are many ways the Bible says this but I like the verse in Proverbs that sums it up — “There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” (Proverbs 14:12). Even when we think it looks good, and makes sense, if it is not God’s way, its wrong and harmful!
They call them historical dramas for a reason – each episode leaves you on the edge of your seat wondering what will happen. You watch as tensions build, as relationships crumble and as fates are determined. You don’t know what will happen next! But my God knows what will happen in my life – He has my steps planned out and His way is best. I’ve had enough drama from doing things my own way – I’m going to go His way instead!