When the storms are raging

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Hebrews 11:3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by God…
Faith, that was the answer that immediately came to mind when I was asked how I see God’s hand in this recent election. Truth be told, I had no interest in writing on this topic. Initially I thought my reluctance was due to the fact that we’ve been saturated with the coverage. What we’ve been fed is anger, fear, and lies. Such a diet doesn’t foster a meaningful dialogue where an understanding occurs,  where you’re  able to take yourself out of the equation, to really hear what others are saying, and not just wait for your turn to talk;  a understanding that chokes the seeds of hate, and bitterness. Prayerfully, an acceptance can occur, where despite any differences we can still co-exist peacefully.

While the barrage of negative news stories played a part in my reluctance, the more personal part was that I had contemplated voting for Trump. I’ve never voted Republican.  I consider myself a liberal, though I’ve never identified with a political party. There’s something about boxes, and me being put in one that I instinctively run from. I found myself offended by my own thoughts and as divided as our country. I was worried about what others would think of me. My feelings on Trump aren’t complicated, I don’t like him. I don’t like the “wall”. How he characterizes others is offensive, and is giving some the implied freedom to both verbally and physically express themselves in a dangerous manner. In spite of the ways in which I disagree with Trump, I still considered voting for him because I am extremely frustrated with how our government is being run. The idea of changing it up, and cleaning house is very enticing. In the end, I couldn’t vote for him because I don’t trust him.

If there is anything I’ve been reminded of during this election is how divided one can feel within him/herself.   Even in my own Christian walk I struggle with wanting the natural things of this world, and trusting in God. I’m learning to let go of those roots that keep God at a distance, and me at a disadvantage. I have come to find that God is the best teacher!  He knows each of his “students” intimately and answers our prayers accordingly. When I pray for patience, I’m not immediately filled with unlimited patience. He will give me an unlimited supply of situations that require patience.

And as I consider where God’s hand is in this election process, could it be with this election and upcoming presidency,  where many are struggling between faith and fear, that God is not going to just grow our faith, but He will give us a situation that requires us to operate by faith and not fear?  I pray that we don’t become so bound by the seeds of discontent, that we can’t pray for each other, our country, and Trump.
Joel 2:21 Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice: for the Lord will do great things.

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