Friday, January 22, 2010

Lesson From a Drama Queen

"My life is a perfect graveyard for buried hopes!"

Quite the statement of disappointment! Especially coming from the mouth of an eight-year-old girl . . . our granddaughter! This was her reply to her mom who told her to turn off the TV.

She's reading the book Anne of Green Gables . . . and apparently is stepping into Anne's character really well. Her timing and the delivery of Anne's line give you a little insight into why she's sometimes called Drama Queen! (By the way, she remembers what she reads in the Bible, too, and can already quote more Scripture than I can.)

Her childish hopes of being able to watch TV were dashed! And it happens to us "big kids," too. Oh, not because we miss a television program . . . I hope! But we each experience disappointments - some minor and others that seem to sweep us off our feet. It's during those confusing, difficult times that we are most tempted to think of our lives as "the perfect graveyard for buried hopes." That's exactly what Satan wants us to think and believe.

But as God's children we know the Giver of Hope! No matter how deeply buried hope seems to be, if we listen closely, we'll hear His gentle whisper: I know the plans I have for you . . . plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jer. 29:11)

If we really believe that . . . and Hope Himself lives in our hearts . . . there'll be no room in our hearts for graveyards of buried hopes!
"Soft as the voice of an angel,
Breathing a lesson unheard,
Hope with a gentle persuasion
Whispers her comforting word:
Wait till the darkness is over,
Wait till the tempest is done,
Hope for the sunshine tomorrow,
After the shower is gone.

Whispering hope . . . "
- Septimus Winner, 1868-


Jackie said...

What a cutie! If all drama queens could be so charming.... And as always, you make a great point. Thanks, Glenda.

S. Etole said...

thank you for your visit that led me here ... my uncle sang this song frequently ... beautiful memory

Dani said...

Jeremiah 29:11...that verse runs through my head daily, some days more than once!!! The lessons God can teach us through kiddos are some of the best!

And...What a cute picture of my Drama Queen!!!

Laura said...

Hi, Glenda! I'm so glad you stopped in to see me recently, because, in repaying the favor I have been given the gift of a little chuckle! Oh, what I have missed in not having daughters! Perhaps, one day, I too will have such a precocious granddaughter.:)

Bev said...

I too was quite taken with that book and the movies that followed. I'm impressed an eight year old is reading them.

Carmen said...

It's nice to meet you Glenda! Thank you for visiting my blog. I'm so glad I checked in on yours--loved this post. Jer. 29:11 is such a life verse!! Your granddaughter's statement made me giggle.