Election Day Blues
I am almost ashamed to say, today, I woke up fearful. I'm talking about dreading the day, the banter, the outcome. I am afraid of who might become President. I am afraid of the posture this country is in, and the trajectory it could take. I'm just mortified. I don't think I'm alone here.
I think as Christians, there is this stigma around fear. There's this idea that fear comes from a place that faith couldn't possibly live. That they can't coexist. Well, I'm telling you now, they both live here, in my heart, and it's troubling.
Today is Election Day in the United States. You'd have to be living under a rock to have missed that. The culmination of months of emotionally charged jabbing, accusations, stances, or what the candidates might call “just campaigning” is here. This has to have been the most emotionally jarring elections I've ever experienced. I mean, seriously, I'm feeling all the feels here. The anxiety and uncertainty are unreal.
I mean, that's just it, right? We are all uncertain of what's to come. We don't know what (or who) is around the bend. We have an idea, we've been presented with two very distinct sets of ideas, two very different plans, so we are somewhat informed. But, in all actuality, we don't know which way this thing will go.
After a few moments of wrestling with, and trying to rationalize these thoughts, my fears– I came to the realization and almost instantly comforting conclusion that, no matter what the outcome is, that God is still in control!
I know, it's almost like, “Duh! We know He’s in control, I just had a moment. ”, but just think about the split second you were fearful and lost focus. Multiply that times the number of believers: that's a lot of fearful people losing a lot of focus!!!
On a grander scale, that's when it's time for a reminder of who He is.
I read a similar post by Max Lucado this morning, more confirmation that I'm not the only believer “concerned” (LOL) about the election. He quoted “The LORD can control a king’s mind as he controls a river; he can direct it as he pleases” (Proverbs 21:1 NCV). It reminded me that no matter who is “elected,” that God is still sovereign, and ruler of us ALL, and can, in turn, change the heart and mind of any King (or in this instance, President), to do His will.
It reminded me that I should not fear the outcome of ANY seemingly troublesome situation, he always, has always, and WILL ALWAYS work it out for my (our) good. And unlike these candidates, He’s perfect, and cannot fail us!
Fear is a very human reaction to human situations, but faith can and always will counteract that fear. Activating your faith deactivates your fear. Just remember who God is; He is and will always be bigger than any fear we could conjure up.