Wednesday, November 5, 2008

And here we go...

Russ and I tried hard to avoid the polling results last night. In my heart, I've known since last year that Obama would win. I've been emotionally ready. Ironically, Davy is now sick for the first time in her short life. She cried all night. So around 3:45am when I found myself crying in the rocker, begging God for sleep for us both, I felt myself worried about the next four years.

But I'd like to choose peace for today. I'm really worn out on all the speculation, fear mongering (though certainly some of it is warranted), and lines in the sand. I realize I don't want to be associated with any political party. There's too much of a "box" there. My King is still on His throne and there will come a day when all the nations will acknowledge that He alone has authority and power.

So today I'm grateful:
1. that the election season is over.
2. that we have elected our first black President. This is huge and watching the coverage of so many black Americans weeping has really touched my heart.
3. that with a Democratic senate and President, the country's griping and moaning will be re-directed for the next four years.
4. that I live in a nation where I can be a part of electing our leadership.
5. that no matter what happened yesterday, today I am called to love all people, speak truth at all times, and use my life as a means to draw them nearer to the heart of God.

Sidenote: I watched a special on the life of Bill Clinton yesterday and was reminded how the liberal voices of the USA felt that he was being attacked on all sides, hunted down, etc. during the investigation of Kenneth Starr. The idea was that his private life didn't effect his political life - yeah, right. I think many Republicans have felt this way for a few years - under constant attack and scrutiny. Has there ever been a man in office who did not screw up in some major way? Let's just pray for President-elect Obama's heart to be open to truth and guidance...for his sake, his family's sake, and our nation's sake.

"We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. … Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other." (John Adams)

"This is what the LORD says—
Israel's King and Redeemer, the LORD Almighty:
I am the first and I am the last;
apart from me there is no God.

7 Who then is like me? Let him proclaim it.
Let him declare and lay out before me
what has happened since I established my ancient people,
and what is yet to come—
yes, let him foretell what will come.

8 Do not tremble, do not be afraid.
Did I not proclaim this and foretell it long ago?
You are my witnesses. Is there any God besides me?
No, there is no other Rock; I know not one." (Is. 44: 1-8, NIV)

So, happy Nov. 5th! Cheer up! Let's just wait and see what happens!