Monday, November 3, 2008

the election

Hi bloggers. Are you still there? I hope upon reading this post's title you didn't go running in the opposite direction. I promise I won't delve into political discussion. Because really, anything that could be said has been said. Or typed. Or published. Or yelled about between two arguing heads on 24 hour news networks. It feels like this election "season" has been more like an election century. It's gone on and on and on.

To be truthful, I can't bear to watch most of what's on the news. It's as if the polls and accusations and outlooks suck me in, chew me up and spit me back out. I'm left a confused and fearful wad of burdened mush.

Sunday at church, the guest speaker taught from the most timely, appropriate passage. It was one of those moments when it's so obvious God is talking straight to you, that trying to squirm out of it is just pointless. "You'd best be paying attention, 'cause I'm talking to you, Rachel."

Psalm 46:6-10
"Nations are in an uproar, (Hello, current state of our country!) kingdoms fall; he lifts his voice, the earth melts. The LORD Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Come and see the works of the LORD, the desolations he has brought on the earth. He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth; he breaks the bow and shatters the spear, he burns the shields with fire. Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth."
*The commentary and emphasis are mine.

Oh, that this would be the prayer of my heart.

Tomorrow, I'll go cast my vote and I encourage you to do the same. Too many people have fought and died so that we may have the privilege of choosing our leaders. It matters.

But tonight, I'm on my knees. Praying that my hope will not be in our president. Or a political candidate. I'm praying the very words he gave us so long ago. His promise that as our world is rocked, His voice remains as powerful as ever (vs.6). He is with us (vs.7).

I pray that whatever it takes to bring this country to its knees, whether desolation (vs.8) or cessation (vs.9), let it be so. In my life, in my family, Lord be exalted. Oh how I find peace not just in the fact that He is God, but that He will be exalted(vs.10). And it's that promise, not a political agenda, that calms this restless soul.

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