I woke yesterday (the day after the election) with the lightest spirit, a sense of unimaginable peace and hope. WHAT THE HECK, RIGHT?! If you have been a Christian long, you know that when you are experiencing this in a time that most aren’t . . . It’s GOD!
I’ve been inquiring, through prayer and within myself why, with no certainty, I was feeling this way and God placed on my heart the scriptures from 2 Samuel. It’s the story of when David’s son, born out sin with Uriah’s wife, was sick. David pleaded, prayed, fasted and begged for God to spare his son’s life. As you would expect from any loving parent, David was so distraught the servants were worried about telling him that his son had died.
However, once they told him. David did something unexpected. “Then David got up from the ground. After he had washed, put on lotions and changed his clothes, he went into the house of the Lord and worshiped. Then he went to his own house, and at his request they served him food, and he ate. His attendants asked him, “Why are you acting this way? While the child was alive, you fasted and wept, but now that the child is dead, you get up and eat!” He answered, “While the child was still alive, I fasted and wept. I thought, ‘Who knows? The Lord may be gracious to me and let the child live.’ But now that he is dead, why should I go on fasting? Can I bring him back again? I will go to him, but he will not return to me.” Taken from 2 Samuel 12:15-23
Don’t get me wrong. This is very unusual after losing a child, but the unlikely response make me think of my current situation where peace and rest were the last emotions I thought would be taking me over. Then I realized that like David, I have done all I can [for this election]. I researched, educated myself, prayed, had difficult/challenging conversations with others, I voted and I worked the polls all day. Although I will always pray for our country, I’ve done all I can do for this election process. It’s in God’s hands (as it always has been) and I find it wonderful to sit and rest in His power and plan.
I pray we all continue to love and lean into God’s plan, that we put aside fear and anger to love one another with His great love, and handle the coming days, months and years with a grace, love, and light that ONLY God’s people have the ability to do.