You know the old saying about making a mountain out of a molehill? I have a picture in my mind of what that looks like. And it is not pretty.
When I think of Mountains, I think of the beautiful snow-capped Mountains I visited as a girl. They are breathtaking to behold. They inspire awe of God’s creation and the magnificence of who He must be to have created them.
And then there is the molehill. It is small and unnoticeable, except to the mole, for which it is home.
Living with bipolar disorder gives new meaning to the phrase “making a mountain out of a molehill.”
In order to receive a diagnosis of bipolar you must experience mood swings that are outside the realm of normalcy. Varying moods is part of our human condition but when those moods are volatile, extreme and disconnected from the circumstances around you, you may qualify for a diagnosis of BP.
My son is a master of making a mountain out of a molehill. It is all I can do at times to NOT roll my eyes in exasperation. While I want to ask “What is the big deal?!” I have learned this response will only make the situation worse.
This can play out a thousand times in a day. Well, o.k. Maybe a thousand is a slight exaggeration but in the midst of it all it sure doesn’t feel like it.
There are the control issues: “I ALWAYS do the remote when we watch a movie.” The food issues: “You know I hate that … the texture bothers me.” The sibling issues: “He is deliberately provoking me!!” The list goes on.
This is part of our story that just is what it is. The hard part is discerning which times to ignore, which times to teach, which times to discipline. As a result, this becomes OUR story also. It is our job to try to help him develop a little more tolerance, a little broader palate, a little thicker skin, etc.
And in the process, our hearts become more patient, our minds become more reasonable, our awareness of grace becomes more rich, our tongues become less quick….
I am reminded of Ephesians 4:29-32:
29 Let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such a word as is good for edification according to the need of the moment, so that it will give grace to those who hear. 30 Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. 31 Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. 32 Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.
A high calling for those mountain and molehill moments.
Wanting to edify for the need of the moment,