I love drama. We are big fans of Prison Break in our house, which probably has more twists and turns than the vast majority of other tv shows.
Drama attracts us. Who will win the next race…the next election…the next promotion? We like to hear inside stories of what really happened. Following the drama in the lives of celebrities is huge business.
Conflict is a necessary ingredient in drama. Without conflict, there is no story line. There has to be a problem that needs resolving. The problem creates tension and the episode is over only when the tension is resolved. Then naturally, we look for more tension to sustain our interest in the story line.
I love all this – except when it happens in my own life. In my own life, I tend to resist high drama, problems and tension. I don’t like conflict. I don’t appreciate suspense (when I don’t know how something is going to turn out – well or poorly). It bothers me. Sometimes I pray God would take the drama out of my life.
But then I realize God works through drama. If you actually read the stories of scripture for what they are – they are filled with drama. What happens to Adam and Eve now that they’ve sinned? Is James really going to get beheaded? Will Daniel survive the lion’s den? Will Paul make it through his latest stint in jail? How come Peter is being arrested again? Will Jesus be betrayed tonight?
So here’s the tension. If God is going to use you and me, it’s probably going to involve drama. That’s the way life and faith work. We’re being stretched, tried, tested. There’s a battle between good and evil and you and I live in its jaws.
How am I going to embrace drama? How am I going to live out James 1? Can I see tension, drama, suspense as part of the natural journey of faith? Am I okay with good and evil battling it out on the tarmac of my heart?
What do you think? Do you welcome tension, drama and suspense as part of life and part of life in Christ?