There are things I love doing during an election year, and all of them have me doing as much as I can to avoid the craziness on social media. My extent of political involvement includes laughing at some meme’s on Instagram, and being guilty of putting Snapchat filters on the candidate’s faces during the debates (and don’t worry, I voted). However, as I watch my Facebook feed, and seemingly everyone – including the Church as a whole – lose it’s mind over whether our country is about to self-destruct in what will now be a mere 16 hours, I have peace.
I’m saying this because it’s absolutely insane. Peace over the big things, lack of trust in the small things?
Last night I had some sweet college friends over for dinner, we hadn’t seen each other in a year, and naturally one of our topics was over the election. As we are talking I started to realize that I completely trust God’s sovereignty over the big things, but completely doubt He will come through in my own life.
Anyone else with me?
Earlier that day I was having a slight mental breakdown over some big prayers that remain unanswered, or unclear in my life. The fear in these prayers are not that these problems exist, but what if God doesn’t come through? What if these dreams and desires that I have remain unfulfilled? What if _____________ … the list goes on.
Next week I turn 26. That’s real mid-twenties, people! The sweet game of comparison takes over so quickly when I think about this birthday and begin to look around my office and see my peers, who at my age had established families. It starts to strangle my hope when I hang out with friends a couple years younger than me as we plan exciting life events, or as I go on Instagram and see women around me who have seemingly perfectly “put-together” lives. Friends, I can barely control my hyper-active dog.
The truth is, we can know that each of these people, all of these comparisons are mere shadows of reality. They’re the easy parts, we don’t see the tears and struggle, even when we know it’s there. Yet, even in that, the longing remains; and with it the fear of unanswered prayers – and maybe even harder to grasp – prayers answered with painful “no’s”.
One thing remains the same through it all. The God who is sovereign over the election, over the country, who is holding the world together in this moment is fully aware and involved in my life. He listens to each prayer, holds each tear, and has good plans for me – for you. In fact, even the most painful “no” is making way for the most beautifully penned, “yes”. Our stories don’t end with a “no” because in Christ we have all hope. We are a beloved character in the greatest story ever written.
I write these words because I never, ever want it to seem easy. It’s not. There are going to be seasons where it’s one thing after another. Where we constantly feel like a Band-Aid being is being ripped off, and no complete healing or answers are in sight. It’s a season. It doesn’t stop when you’re done with college, when you are in a relationship, own a home, have kids. It’s a constant cycle, one that prunes, molds and shapes us to look more like Christ – if we choose to place our fears, hopes, dreams safely in His hands; trusting that any “yes” or “no” is for our good and His glory.
So, as I watch the leaves fall off the tree today and chaos ensue over Facebook, I will remember that God is sovereign and He uses seasons that look like everything is dying to put to rest anything that hold us back; and begins in us the process of growth for the new things and better He wants to do in and through us.
Let us repeat, and rest in the verse below. Let us remember that he is before all things and in Him all things hold together. And He is good, friend. Whether you’re overwhelmed by the future of our country, or the future of your life; His goodness and sovereignty never wavers. Every season will end, and a new one will begin. Take Heart.
“The Lord your God is living among you. He is a mighty Savior. He will take delight in your with gladness, with His love He will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs” – Zephaniah 3:17
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