The shovel dug into dirt but a few times, beginning my November quest and already something is pulled from the crevices of unseen. Joy, in the inconspicuous.
Is there Thanksgiving being offered up today? The day after a new leader was born, one who seems to lead us further from our once proclaimed: One Nation Under God? A day of mourning for many who value human life, and Creator-God?
Is Christendom defeated? Is our government lost? What will transpire in the next four years? How many babies will be lost? How much further with parents and children be split in the name of educational reform? What path will this leadership take us down?
I don't know and...I am scared.
I try not to get political on this blog, mainly because: it just ain't a pretty sight these days. Even so, government and politics are constantly on my mind (thanks be to my wonderfully vigilent husband...) and no less so today post-election than the weeks leading up the "the big day". I am not shocked who won, I expected it. But I am scared. VERY scared. At where we are heading, and how fast.
So....how can I find joy in this?! How can I offer prayers of gratitude when God COULD have blown us all out of the water and elected a fantastic, Christian man into the presidency (notice, I didn't say McCain)? WHY didn't He, if he could?
Yet, joy I have. Joy, in the unknown. Joy in the admitting uncertainty that weighs my heart. Joy in knowing I don't HAVE to understand, only believe. Joy that I am NOT in control, but He is.
"What will the world do now?" I wonder. This nation, that is wounded. Hurt. Bleeding.
What travesties will this man, our new leader, bring to our nation? To our babies? To our families? The fear nearly swallows, until I remember the truth:
Nothing that God doesn't first allow.
Barack Obama is not higher than God. Even he, mere mortal, is directed by God.
God has allowed Barack Obama to be leader, just as He allowed Caesar power and a throne to Herod.
I don't understand, but I don't have to. I must only trust and beseech. Do we believe that God can turn the hearts of the wicked? If this is true, we have hope. Do we believe that God is in control? If the answer is yes-then REJOICE! Do we affirm that God is more sovereign than nations? Then, THANKS BE TO GOD.
We are not lost. God has not forsaken us. And, thanks be to God, the pressure is not on us. (If it were, wouldn't we make a mess of things?!?) It is on God. What great hope and comfort it is--to be able to rely on One who is reliable, and not our weak selves.
Now, we watch. We wait. We trust. We pray. We honor God always: in thought and actions. And always, giving thanks.
Thank you Lord, for knowing what it to come, even as my eyes stare blankly into the future. For planning it this way, for working everything out for your own glory and honor. Thank you that the pressure is off of me for directing this nation, this world, your creation. Thank you for revealing yourself to us in Scripture and giving us hope in the words of your Book. You are all powerful, all knowing, and all encompassing--no one is mightier than you. Nothing is out of your control, or your power. Thank you for giving me peace, even in these bleak times. I trust you.